(THUNDER BAY, ON) – DOES THE THUNDER BAY POLICE CHIEF HAVE THE VISION TO LEAD OUR POLICE FORCE?
SHE MAY BE PLANNING TO DISBAND THE COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM.
A VERY SHORTSIGHTED MOVE THAT WOULD HAVE A LONG TERM, NEGATIVE IMPACT.
Inside Edition sources indicate that our recently appointed Thunder Bay Police Chief is making some more decisions again.
QUESTIONABLE CHOICES & DECISIONS.
You may remember that one of her first priorities as Chief was to remove the photographs of all other Chiefs at the Police Station. The plan is to hang expensive cultural art on the second floor of the station. That’s her idea of real priority decision making.
The rank and file police officers are on the front lines battling an ever increasing crime problem in our city that requires a significant amount of manpower. Thunder Bay Police have some of the highest success rates when it comes to solving violent crimes despite a lack of leadership at the administration level.
However, the Chief is being faced with budget problems.
And she has decisions to make as the leader.
Some of her choices so far include spending money to travel to China and England to observe police practices.
Other choices include sending police officers to drive ice roads and play hockey to build “bridges” instead of doing grassroots policing.
Now, you might be questioning some of her decisions and rightfully so. But this latest decision, if true, is highly questionable.
Sources indicate that Police Chief Hauth is planning on disbanding the highly effective Community Response Team. The Chief has not told the CRT members yet of her plan.
The CRT is a highly effective 6 man unit that has excellent success rates at investigating and solving robberies. Thunder Bay has a huge robbery problem. Disbanding the unit would let all robbers in the city know that it’s open season for crime.
The plan is to take those CRT members and use them to supplement the officers in the road unit due to the high amount of overtime being incurred there.
MONEY PROBLEMS AT HEADQUARTERS DUE TO POOR MANAGEMENT & TEAM LEADERSHIP.
There is a record number of officers off on PTSD mostly due to tyrannical behaviour from the management.
-Recall the officer who fought with the drug dealer from Toronto at Victoria Inn in January. The drug dealer had a knife and a loaded handgun. That officer is off work because they charge him with deceit after he didn’t put all the interactions he had with accused in his report. Administration viewed the video and he didn’t put a nudge with his foot for subject to get up after he was cuffed after the fight. The administration is saying it’s a kick. The officer didn’t have the luxury of viewing the video before he did his report and says in heat of moment he forgot about it.
-Recall the female officer who was spit on by a teenager on a gurney. That officer is facing an investigation into 4 counts. One of discreditable conduct and 3 counts of unlawful exercise of authority.
Oddly enough, police were called back the next day again by the mother to assist with the out of control teen. Police Chief Hauth doesn’t seem to want you to know that or that the assault charges against the teen on the police officer and paramedic were withdrawn.
Those are just a couple examples of how team members are treated by the Chief.
And the list of officers being thrown under the bus goes on and on.
CHIEF HAUTH IS DRIVING THE “THROW THEM UNDER EXPRESS”.
Thunder Bay is lacking the front line police officers required for the ongoing battle against crime. There are usually 15 officers on shift to patrol the entire city. Some shifts there are less than double digits.
But overtime is mainly for staff sergeants and sergeants because of a new policy to replace a Seargeant or Staff Seargeant when they are off with a confirmed rank instead of an Acting Seargeant. It’s a difference of paying $36 for a shift or $1000 a shift. This is happening even when they have enough manpower.
The police lawyer was hired to handle legal matters for the department. She was also supposed to handle Freedom of Information requests. But, somehow the person who used to do the FOI requests was brought back out of retirement to work on a contract basis.
The Director of Communications at TBPS, that’s a 130 000$ a year position to put out a few crappy media releases each week. The general public is being left wondering what exactly he does all day when they are so poorly informed.
The Director was never a police officer. He used to work at a local media company. The Chief would be wise to either get someone new there or get rid of the position altogether.
NEW EQUIPMENT REQUIRED.
Police are being expected to use increasingly old and unsafe equipment. It’s not uncommon for police cars to have over 200 000 kilometres on them with safety issues in their performance. We expect our police to have the best training and tools to do their jobs safely. The Ministry of Transportation was called to come and inspect police cars. Several police cars were ordered to be taken out of service and repaired.
The Acting Chief at the time, 2 years ago gave back 1/2 million dollars of the Police budget money to the City. She should have purchased new vehicles.
Is it possible that she was just trying to make herself look good for the Chief’s job?
HIRING MORE PEOPLE TO DO WHAT EXACTLY?
There has been discussions of hiring a civilian member for the Aboriginal Liaison Unit out of the budget increase. Is this a position just for show? Is it necessary at this critical stage of crime increase in the city? That money might be better spent on a front line officer or keeping the very critical Community Response Team together.
IT’S TIME TO STOP THIS BUS DRIVER BEFORE THINGS REALLY GET OUT OF CONTROL.
THE HARDWORKING OFFICERS OF THE THUNDER BAY POLICE REQUIRE A LEADER WITH VISION.
THEY REQUIRE A CHIEF THEY CAN RESPECT.
A CHIEF WHO CAN LEAD A TEAM IS REQUIRED.
I SUPPORT THUNDER BAY POLICE OFFICERS. THE ONES WHO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY AND TRY TO DO THE BEST JOB POSSIBLE TO HELP OUR CITY.
I DON’T SUPPORT POOR LEADERSHIP DECISIONS THAT NEGATIVELY AFFECT THOSE HARDWORKING OFFICERS AND THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY.
THERE ARE TOO MANY POLICE OFFICERS BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS. THERE ARE TOO MANY CITIZENS BEING NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THESE DECISIONS.
THE BUS DRIVING HAS TO STOP.
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