Former cop tells police board she experienced a ‘poisoned’ culture: ‘I have suffered’

Last week a report found employees at Toronto police service perceive that harassment and discrimination regularly occur at work.

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whatistheQuestion
whatistheQuestion
78 · 5 days ago · Reddit

That night she had to arrest a colleague — a popular officer from the same division — for impaired driving, she said. It was the right thing to do. Yet the fallout was “nothing short of devastating for me personally and professionally,” Vandenberg said, leading overnight to being ostracized and unsupported by most in her station and senior management. The officer, whom she did not name, was supported and later moved to a prestigious position, she said.

AH, I found the rare good cop. Strange. If there are so many 'good' cops, you think she would have overwhelming support

The report highlighted a perception that Toronto police “is led predominantly by white males,” and that little change occurs because leaders promote others “that look, think and act like them.” It also found that gender-based harassment and discrimination was the most common type within the force.

Police officers, “particularly women, continued to be harassed, were afraid to report, abusers were supported, supervisors and senior management continued to turn a blind eye,” she said.

I am shocked that the cops have such primitive sexist views ^/s

He said he would do everything to address and prevent workplace harassment and stated all officers, including at senior ranks, would face discipline if they were engaged in it.

This is the guy who got caught lying about not being able to discipline racist cops

Law does not stop Toronto police from looking for officers behind ‘systemic discrimination,’ privacy commissioner clarifies, contradicting Chief's statement

And any consequences for the cops who helped cover up the savage blinding of Dafonte Miller? Nope? Shocker ^/s

The service said it is acting on recommended steps from the Deloitte report and has enhanced the training requirement for police officers and cadets and provided anti-harassment training for all supervisors and senior officers.

Uh huh. Right after this

A year later, Toronto cops still have NOT implemented a SINGLE recommendation from the missing persons' case review that found serious flaws and systematic discrimination in how they handled missing people

jerirons2022
jerirons2022
26 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Not holding my breath that they will change any time soon. This has been documented numerous times within the organization. A lot of police organizations over many other municipalities in North America have the same problem.

bravetailor
bravetailor
25 · 5 days ago · Reddit

The culture is baked in. Defunding them or boycotting them won't change them. The only way to change the culture is to do a complete reset--fire almost everyone from top to bottom and then start from scratch with completely new hires fresh out of the Academy and introduce a completely new culture.

The old boys club of course will never let that happen so the problem will continue.

JimBeefLakeMonster
JimBeefLakeMonster
10 · 5 days ago · Reddit

The least shocking story about tps today, the organization is rotten to the core

FrodoCraggins
FrodoCraggins
7 · 5 days ago · Reddit

This is nothing new. Remember Andrew Vanderburgh?

https://www.cbc.ca/​news/​canada/​toronto/​toronto-constable-describes-charging-fellow-police-officer-1.2255264

Remember these guys?

https://www.thestar.com/​news/​canada/​2015/​09/​20/​to-swerve-and-protect.html

Remember this guy?

https://www.cbc.ca/​news/​canada/​toronto/​rob-ford-mark-towhey-accusations-1.3276736

This is established police procedure.

dkwangchuck
dkwangchuck
5 · 5 days ago · Reddit

“I can assure you (they will) be in front of the tribunal,” (Chief Ramer) said.

The report that has prompted all of this tells a very different story.

The majority of cases of harassment do not get reported. Of the ones that do get reported, only 37% of officers believe that their complaints are taken seriously and investigated. OTOH, 57% say they experienced reprisal or retaliation for complaining.

So given that this is where the force is - how can Ramer suggest that offenders will face hearings? Most offenders do not get reported, and the system is designed to discourage reporting where complainants are more likely to face reprisal than believe that their accusations are properly dealt with.

Has TPS already enacted Recommendations 14 (independent and anonymous reporting platform) and 15 (external third party investigations into complaints) or do ALL of these complaints STILL go through the exact same Professional Standards Branch that has delivered such deplorable results?

JayGeeCanuck19
JayGeeCanuck19
5 · 5 days ago · Reddit

Reason # 565334667 that abolition is the only outcome these fuckers deserve.

JohnPlayerSpecia1
JohnPlayerSpecia1
5 · 5 days ago · Reddit

obviously she is one of those "bad apples" that the TPS keeps talking about. /s