City police officer demoted under Police Services ActFriday, March 08, 2013 by: Kate Adams
North Bay Police Service
On March 8, 2013 Cst. Stephen Taylor appeared before the Police Services Hearing Officer, Inspector Dan Markiewich of the Greater Sudbury Police Services and plead guilty to the Police Services Act Code of Conduct offence of Discreditable Conduct in relation to the December 11th, 2012 Criminal Conviction for Fail to Provide a Breath Sample contrary to Section 254(5) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The penalty under the Police Services Act of Ontario was a reduction in rank from First Class Constable to Second Class Constable for a period of nine months.
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forreal 3/8/2013 2:57:34 PM Report
Police officers take a oath to uphold laws and perform the duties that are entrusted to them and to be model citizens in society.
They are to be admired for their community involvement and morals.
For a police officer to be demoted for a 9 month period seems like a slap on the wrist under the circumstances and for what he was charged with pleaded quilty to.
Many other people would have the incident/demerit placed on there personal record for as little as a year or in some cases even longer.
Got to love it when police police each other!!
Lifecoach 3/8/2013 5:22:51 PM Report
This is why people have very little faith in the fact that police police themselves. How can this officer do his duty when he himself has been a breaker of the laws that he is to uphold. As he can not drive the cruiser to respond to life threatening events, nor can he be trusted he should have his employment removed! He knew when he took his oath that he would be held to a higher standard. The policing of themselves is a joke. How on earth can you trust these clowns to make a judgement against the "blue brothers" in an unbiased way? The history of Officers in North Bay lately is terrible and it falls on the Chief and the city's Police Service to clean up this mess.
thechad 3/10/2013 10:00:30 AM Report
I quess your allowed to drink and drive when your a cop
IGuard 3/10/2013 1:47:19 PM Report
I think the officer losing his license for a year, being fined and facing years of huge insurance premiums would be the norm for a civilian. Now because he is a police officer he also faced further penalties. Thousands in wage reductuon, riding a desk since the incident, demotion and potentially never being promoted shows clearly that he is beimg held to much higher standard than regular citizens.