Police Commissioner Issues Memo Warning of Consequences for Officer Misconduct

Police Commissioner Issues Memo Warning of Consequences for Officer Misconduct

Police Commissioner Chester Williams has issued a memorandum to police officers across the country with an outline of expected conduct.  While the Police Department already has standing orders guiding their behavior and demeanor, the commissioner has found it necessary to issue a note, indicating that if any officer is caught going against these guidelines, they will face major consequences.  The memo, dated, June 8, 2023, lists nineteen instances where officers will be dealt with harshly.  Among them are, if they are caught in possession of controlled drugs, or uncustomed goods without a lawful excuse; if they inflict injuries or commit violence with the use of a firearm or any other weapon; if they commit an offence against the Firearms Act, the Money Laundering and Terrorism Prevention Act, the Immigration Act, the Cybercrimes Act, the Civil Aviation Act, the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Act, the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act, and the Domestic Violence Act.  Additional offences would be the unwarranted force or violence to any person whist carrying out the mandate of the police department; the non-compliance of orders from the Police Commissioner; the engagement in a misdemeanor or felony (not including a petty misdemeanor), any alcohol-related traffic offence, and any breach of a court order.  Of the 19 items on the list, the most notable are numbers 9 and 18.  Number nine states that police officers can now face major consequences if they are found issuing any official police document not meant for public consumption or not authorized by the powers that be.  Number nineteen states that officers can also be penalized harshly if they cause unnecessary expense to the government as a result of a civil claim.  Interestingly, the memo did not specify or define what was meant by the term, ‘major consequences’.  We will follow this story.

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