Jennifer Lynch Chief Commissioner of the CHRC is of two minds when it comes to staff conduct, alternatively she may simply “give good report” and is a bust as a leader.
Following is an excerpt from a discussion paper she assisted to prepare for the RCMP on the matter of the “Off-Duty” conduct of Police Officers.
Pity she hasn’t insisted these same fine standards apply to her own staff of Hate Crime Clousseaus.
Bona fide occupational requirements and reputational interests respecting police work
In view of the current debates over the proper role of the public police, it is of course particularly difficult to identify a set of bona fide occupational requirements and reputational interests respecting public police work which would be universally accepted. The following are offered, therefore, merely as an illustration of how the regulation and control of off-duty police officer conduct might be made more consistent and principled, recognizing that the occupational requirements suggested may not necessarily be the most appropriate or acceptable ones. Even assuming that they are the right ones, however, the relative weight attached to them could be expected to vary according to the particular type of police work involved in any given case:
(1) An understanding of, and respect for, prevailing notions of peace and good order – necessary for the peace-keeping functions of police work;
(2) A respect for, and obedience to, the laws of the land – necessary for law enforcement functions;
(3) A demonstrated commitment to impartiality and against unacceptable prejudice and discrimination
– necessary for all police work involving contact with or consequences for members of the public;
(4) Demonstrated honesty, trustworthiness, and conduct and deportment worthy of general social respect
– necessary to ensure public confidence in, and hence accessibility to, police as service providers, especially in situations of conflict and crisis,
– also necessary to ensure credibility of police as witnesses in court;
(5) A specified minimum level of physical and mental fitness
– necessary for (and to be determined by) actual physical and mental demands of police work;
(6) Availability for, and fitness for, duty at all times
– necessitated by the nature of peace officer status which is an incident of employment as a police officer.
Tsk Tsk Tsk.