An unnamed Edmonton police constable has been found guilty of discreditable conduct for swearing repeatedly at a police service employee handling his short-term disability claim.
Larry Wong / POSTMEDIA NETWORK
An adjudicator has found an Edmonton police officer acted unprofessionally when he swore repeatedly during a conversation with a police service employee handling his short-term disability claim.Presiding officer Fred Kamins ruled last week an unnamed police constable who has been with the service since 2006 was guilty of discreditable conduct.At a police disciplinary hearing in September 2018, a woman who worked for the Edmonton Police Service as a disability management consultant testified the sanctioned police officer had been away from work and applied for short-term disability, according to Kamins’ written decision.Kamins ordered a publication ban on “the content of any reference to medical information” in the case.The disability management consultant said she called the officer in 2016 to discuss his application. During the conversation, he got “really, really angry,” raised his voice, and began to pepper the conversation with expletives, she testified.He became angry after she read aloud portions of an email from the officer’s sergeant, she said.The officer, who denied the allegations against him, testified he thought the employee’s questions were too personal, and felt as if she didn’t believe him. He was also frustrated at the pace his application was moving, he said.He said he didn’t know how many “F bombs” he dropped during the conversation. He also said he doesn’t believe police officers must adhere to a minimum standard of behaviour when they’re not in uniform — a belief that is “erroneous,” Kamins ruled.The officer said his anger was directed at the sergeant, not the disability manager. She shouldn’t have felt intimidated, he said — it’s “not true or she’s a liar.”Bill Newton, who represented the officer at the hearing, said the officer used “very foul language” but implored Kamins to consider the officer’s health issues.Four months after the hearing ended, Newton asked for Kamins to reopen it, saying he had potential new evidence to introduce. Kamins rejected that request.On. Feb. 25, Kamins found the officer guilty of misconduct according to the Police Service Regulation.The written decision does not make any reference to a potential penalty. According to the Police Service Regulation, a presiding officer who finds a police member guilty of misconduct will issue one or more of a reprimand; a course of treatment or participation in a rehabilitation program; forfeiture of up to 40 hours of work; a suspension of up to 80 work hours; reduction of seniority; reduction in rank; or dismissal from the police email@example.com