Suspension Without Pay
June 27, 2007
WHEREAS the Police Services Act requires Chiefs of Police to maintain discipline within their respective organizations, and
WHEREAS public confidence in our police services is dependent upon maintaining the trust of the public we serve, and
WHEREAS maintaining that trust is dependent upon all police officers adhering to the highest standards of public confidence, and
WHEREAS as police leaders, we recognize and support that the law must protect our police officers in the good faith performance of their duties, and
WHEREAS it was never intended that such protection would shield police officers from the consequences of serious criminal conduct not related to the performance of said duties,
WHEREAS the public have a reasonable expectation that a member of a police service who is unable to perform the duties for which they are appointed by virtue of the fact that they are in custody will not be paid for duties they are unable to perform.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police calls upon the Government of Ontario to amend Police Services Act to allow for the suspension without pay of police officers charged with serious Criminal Code of Canada, Controlled Drug Substances Act, and other federal offences not related to their performance of duty, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police calls upon the Government of Ontario to amend Police Services Act to allow Chiefs of Police to suspend without pay police officers charged with offences and held in custody or when subject to a Judicial Interim Release order with such conditions that prevent the officer from carrying out the duties of a Police Officer.