A news conference is expected this afternoon to deal with the HR controversy within the Calgary Police Service. Global News has learned the mayor, the police chief and the chair of the police commission will present a united front on the issue. There’s no official word when the news conference will be held
A 2013 internal report highlighted more than 60 instances of harassment, bullying and intimidation in the organization. Since the report’s release, more women have come forward.
Councillor Ward Sutherland tells Global News it’s not productive and it’s not healthy for the service. “This has had a significant negative affect on officers, unfortunately. These are people’s lives. We are taking everything seriously. It is serious. But is is widespread? No.”
Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart says she has met with many women in the police service who have encountered abuse in the workplace and called for the Police and City Human Resources departments to be harmonized. Colley-Urquhart also said that if needed, the police commission would “talk to the minister of justice…to see if we need to further investigate” the CPS practices.
Yesterday, the Calgary Police Commission issued a statement in support of Chief Roger Chaffin and chastising “certain commissioners speaking out of turn in public.” Vice-chair Brian Thiessen says, “When the commission doesn’t speak with one voice, the public is confused as to whether the commission is agreed, when in fact the commission and the chief are in complete agreement.”
The CPC statement says members are fully engaged in providing policy oversight and investigating whether systemic issues exist in the CPS. “In June, CPS provided an action plan at the commission’s public meeting,” the statement said. “A progress report on that action plan will be discussed at our meeting in November.”