The Calgary Police Commission has expressed confidence in Chief Roger Chaffin in a recent letter.
It comes just days after Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart – who is also part of the police commission – suggested the city should look at taking over HR for the Calgary Police Service.
Public scrutiny of the CPS has intensified following the release of a 2013 workplace review that uncovered over 60 complaints of bullying, workplace harassment and intimidation.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for workplace harassment. While we do not have a mandate to deal with individual personnel matters, we are able to provide policy oversight and examine whether any systemic issues exist,” said the commission.
It goes on to say that the commission will hold the chief accountable in ensuring appropriate workplace policies and practices are in place.
“At every step of the way over the past year, the Chief has invited frank, open dialogue with the Commission. The Commission has full confidence that Chief Chaffin is taking decisive action with the goal of making our city a safer place and CPS a stronger and more progressive police service.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi has also spoken out in support of the Calgary Police Service. He said the fact that nine police officers have faced criminal charges in the last five months, shows chief Roger Chaffin’s “deep integrity”.
The Calgary Police Service has submitted an action plan, and will provide a progress report when the commission meets in November.