Former officer criticizes police for ‘bullying’ officers who complain
WATERLOO REGION — A former Waterloo Regional Police officer has released a scathing 93-page report suggesting local police and other police services across the province intimidate, bully and harass their employees who try to lodge internal complaints.
Kelly Donovan said the complaint procedures and disciplinary actions against officers are unfair.
Donovan, who was a constable with Waterloo Regional Police for six years, said she quit on June 30 because she felt she could change the culture of policing from the outside.
When she tried internally, she was silenced, Donovan said.
Donovan said her business — Fit4Duty — will offer an independent whistleblower program to police services, government agencies and private companies.
She said she plans on presenting information on her company to police services boards across the province this year and in 2018.
In an interview, Donovan said reaction has been swift and positive.
"What I'm calling for, no one is offering," she said.
In her report released Monday, titled "Systemic Misfeasance in Ontario Policing and the co-ordinated Suppression of Whistleblowers," Donovan described a "culture of internal bullying." when it comes to whistle-blowing
Donovan said officers who complain to their superiors "live in fear of arbitrary prosecution that can last for years."https://www.therecord.com/news-story/74 ... -complain/