CORNWALL Ontario – It’s not easy at the top. Cornwall Community Police Chief granted an interview to the lowly Todd Lihou at the Seaway News.
Todd gets lots of police news; perhaps because one of his confreres son works for the CCPS; perhaps because Todd himself tried to be an officer himself.
It might be because he digs wearing sandals a lot and as anyone at the CCPS can tell you there is a strict apparel policy.
This week’s gem involves a CCPS Sgt who was busted & convicted for getting jiggy with his hours; IE stealing from the tax payers. He’s been demoted and will lose about $22K in pay along with making restitution according to Mr. Lihou’s sources.
Of course the bigger question was why this officer of the law wasn’t simply fired.
The Chief apparently chose to not release the incident to the media directly as the Toronto Service just did about one if it’s men in blue in a release this morning.
A Toronto Police Service officer has been arrested and charged.
Constable Brandon Polak, 35, with 13 years’ service, is attached to the Drug Squad. He was off-duty at the time of the alleged offence.
It is alleged that:
– on Tuesday March 17, 2015, at 8 p.m., police were called to a collision at Adelaide Street East, near Jarvis Street
– no injuries were reported
– the driver of one of the vehicles drove away
Brandon Polak was arrested and has been charged with:
1) Failure to stop at scene of accident
He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10 a.m., room 501.
This is part of what Mr. Lihou published in the Seaway News:
A Cornwall police officer has been convicted under the Ontario Police Services Act for “neglect of duty” and “deceit” a source tells Seaway News.
The officer is being demoted for issues related to “manipulating” the timekeeping system used by police to catalogue their hours of work.
A tribunal was held on the matter where the officer plead guilty, said the source. The demotion means the officer will lose about $22,000 in salary over the next two years.
“The situation was handled under the auspices of an internal discipline matter (chief’s complaint) under the Police Services Act,” Cornwall police chief Dan Parkinson told Seaway News. “Any manipulation of the timekeeping system, regardless of the amount, is viewed as ‘serious.’ The internal discipline matter has been concluded, including restitution.”
I sent the Chief a simple note with the following questions:
Why wasn’t this released publicly?
Why wasn’t this officer terminated as theft of time is clearly a termination with cause issue, especially as they were a senior officer?
Was the “tribunal” local? IE the police board?
Was the decision “negotiated”?
Were any outside police or agencies involved in the process or decision?
Why wasn’t a release issue? Why did Mr. Lihou get special info and access to the Chief?
Field Inspector Shawna Spowart responded for the Chief with the following:
Please be advised that I have spoken to the Chief concerning your questions and I will confirm the following:
The Chief was contacted by a journalist who had details of a story he intended to run with, which had been received from a source. The Chief provided him with a comment regarding this story which I will also provide to you. The Chief intends on updating his Board about this matter at the April meeting however at this time there will be no other comment made to media on this issue. Please see below for the Chief’s comments.
The situation was handled under the auspices of an internal discipline matter (Chief’s Complaint) under the Police Services Act. This situation would be most accurately be described as a “manipulation of the computerized timekeeping system”. Any manipulation of the timekeeping system, regardless of the amount, is viewed as “serious”. The internal discipline matter has been concluded, including restitution.
So who could this source be? It’s not the first time Mr. Lihou has quoted a source that would have to have intimate knowledge of a police issue? Surely info like this should not be leaked from the CCPS? Is Mr. Lihou clairvoyant? Are CCPS that gossipy?
Why hasn’t the CCPS cracked down on Mr. Lihou’s sources? Is it someone from the CCPS that has a thing for sandalled failed cops?
With Arts funding being devastated by Police Board President Andre Rivette in Cornwall while fire and police costs are rampantly going up how much is this mess costing tax payers and would we even know about this Sergeant if it wasn’t for this leak?
Councilor Rivette was on the police board last term while several other leaks occurred, and he himself has been known to be a bit…. leaky.
(yes we know the name of the officer, but won’t release it)
Without transparency and accountability how many other cases get brushed under the carpet? And would this type of thing happen under OPP management?
Personally this writer feels saddened that our very expensive Chief would duck the issue in this manner.
The people of Cornwall are owed some answers. What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.