Following public scrutiny of a 2013 Calgary Police Service workplace review that uncovered over 60 complaints from CPS employees claiming they were subject to bullying, sexual harassment and intimidation, one city Councillor is vowing to deal with the allegations and improve human resource practices.
Diane Colley-Urquhart, who’s also a commissioner with the Calgary Police Commission suggested the possibility of harmonizing the City’s HR department with the CPS’ HR department.
“All Calgary Police officers plus the civilian side of the Calgary Police Service, these at the end of the day are City employees. They have to work in the same workplace and the same HR standards as the rest of the City of Calgary employees. So we have work to do to harmonize how those two entities will work together”.
The Ward 13 Councillor also told Global News on Saturday that there is the option to take Calgary Police Service workplace concerns to the Justice Minister ‘if need be’.
However, her comments did not sit well with the Mayor. Naheed Nenshi called out Colley-Urquhart saying these issue’s should be discussed in commission meetings.
“I find it odd that this stuff is coming out in the media now, but the police commissioner who raised it in the media never took it to the police commission. And in fact, they had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss it and that commissioner didn’t go to that meeting.”
Councillor Ward Sutherland, who’s also a police commissioner, told NewsTalk 770 that he completely agrees with the Mayor that the matter should be dealt with by the commission.
With files from Global News.