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Old 02-16-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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15 members of VPD under investigation, accused of using work computers to view porn

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15 members of #VPD under investigation, accused of using work computers to view offensive/ pornographic material.

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15 #VPD officers accused of sending & receiving pornography using work computers on work time. All are men, range in rank. Some suspended.

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The information that I have for you today concerns an internal discipline matter that is wide-ranging enough and serious enough that we believe it is in the public interest to be as open as possible about it while at the same time respecting the privacy of our members.

To begin with, there have been no complaints lodged by a member of the public, nor from VPD staff.

This is a self-initiated investigation which began after we learned that a number of our employees had violated our internal policies concerning the use of the internet and email. Our investigation revealed that, while they had not done anything criminal, their use of VPD equipment and on-duty time was inappropriate.

As the discipline authority on these matters I have asked Superintendent Jeff Sim to fully investigate and recommend levels of discipline. I will ask him to give you the details in a moment.

The improper use of the internet and email is an issue that is found in other businesses and organizations. Like them, we have very clear policies and those policies have been violated.

We are taking steps to correct that behaviour and ensure that it doesn’t happen again in the future.

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While conducting a labour process discipline investigation in August 2011, the Human Resources Section became aware that several members may have breached the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) email and internet policies by sending, viewing, and receiving inappropriate, offensive, and/or pornographic images.

The investigation revealed that 15 employees had received and sent inappropriate emails. The images range from the type you would see in the media every day and on the cover of Sports Illustrated to the type of images you would have to search for. None of the images are illegal.

For consistency and fairness, the period reviewed was from January 1st, 2011 to September 15th, 2011 for all individuals involved.

As part of the investigation, opinions with regards to the conduct of employees and potential discipline have been sought from internal and external individuals. In addition, the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner (OPCC) was consulted. The OPCC confirmed this situation as an internal discipline matter.

In examining whether there was misconduct and the appropriate level of discipline, we are looking at a number of factors:

rank of the employee
nature of the material
volume
nature of access and transmission
nature of the workplace
previous warnings
whatever mitigating factors there may be
The VPD is taking further steps to prevent this type of a situation from happening in the future. One measure is that the VPD will be putting in place software that will automatically track and/or identify email / internet activity that involves inappropriate images.

Also, the VPD email and internet policies and procedures will be reinforced with all staff to ensure there is complete clarity on the purpose, prohibitions, and consequences. This policy has been previously posted externally on the VPD website and we are providing it to the news media today for your convenience.

Once the process is concluded, the discipline we may be considering in this case ranges from a written reprimand to demotion and includes suspensions, transfers and temporary restrictions from the promotion process. These measures are currently being discussed with our unions, the Teamsters, the VPU, and the VPOA, and we expect them to be finalized soon.

The individuals involved include one civilian, and sworn members with ranks from constable to inspector. A total of 15 employees are being investigated.

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Wow, since it came out, under investigation, and pretty black on white on police computers. Either you visited the sites are you didn't. EVERYTHING is tracked on those computers... so ill pass some judgment:

Probationary Constable – $58,695
4th Class Constable (after 1 year) – $62,887
3rd Class Constable (after 2 years) – $67,080
2nd Class Constable (after 3 years) –$75,465
1st Class Constable (after 4 years) – $83,850

Salary Levels for 1st Class Constable
after 10 years – $88,042
after 15 years – $92,235
after 20 years – $96,427

^doesnt even include sergeant or corporals, or staffs....

GO BUY yourself a damn personal laptop and surf porn!?!? Cannot wait to go home and do it? No smart phone? Idiots. And its 15 of them all at once. Must have passed on naked photos of another colleague or something.
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LOL watch some of it turn out as VPD members viewing the NSFW forum of RS while at work
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LOL watch some of it turn out as VPD members viewing the NSFW forum of RS while at work
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"sports illustrated" photos
Not even worth getting fired over
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Wow, since it came out, under investigation, and pretty black on white on police computers. Either you visited the sites are you didn't. EVERYTHING is tracked on those computers... so ill pass some judgment:

Probationary Constable $58,695
4th Class Constable (after 1 year) $62,887
3rd Class Constable (after 2 years) $67,080
2nd Class Constable (after 3 years) $75,465
1st Class Constable (after 4 years) $83,850

Salary Levels for 1st Class Constable
after 10 years $88,042
after 15 years $92,235
after 20 years $96,427

^doesnt even include sergeant or corporals, or staffs....

GO BUY yourself a damn personal laptop and surf porn!?!? Cannot wait to go home and do it? No smart phone? Idiots. And its 15 of them all at once. Must have passed on naked photos of another colleague or something.
Don't forget the overtime pay
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Kinda off-topic, but I am sick and tired of hearing all of the crooked Vancouver cops and RCMP, they have been in the news so much lately, from this to Cpl. Monty Robinson for drunk driving, leaving the scene to go take 2 shots of vodka to "calm his nerves". He was also involved with the whole Robert Dziekanski incident at YVR.

B.C. Mountie drank to 'calm nerves' after fatal crash - British Columbia - CBC News

Also, the issues regarding the RCMP Special O surveillance unit, linked:

Sex, spies and Mounties: the poisoned culture of the RCMP's `Special O' surveillance squad

/mini rant

Maybe even other stories that I don't know about yet. Damn you crooked cops!

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You mean to tell me that an organization that employs people can have a discipline problem?

I dare say that is unheard of.
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Who at work hasn't? Doesn't seem anything too major.
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Nothing will happen to them,history shows what the cops have gotten away with.If cops can get away with murder and other horrific crimes,surfing the web for porn on company time is fuck all.
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That's the best thing about working fulltime in a union job.Work the system and it pays off well.
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We trust these guys on the streets with that kind of judgement?

They didn't know work computers were monitored?


But eh, they have a stressful job - sometimes a guys got to rub one out
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Taze a man trying to see his family in the airport and end up killing him + drive drunk, kill someone in processes and leaving scene of the crime

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Personally, I could care less what officers are viewing on their computers..I would much prefer the VPD goes after the officers that use excessive force and abuse their authority. Those are the guys who need suspensions.
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They won't be fired. "Only" breach of policy.
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When I first saw this story and laughed when I thought about all the shit I get emailed at work lol
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Be interesting to see the details. There is a huge difference between someone sharing some NSFW photos around vs taking the company laptop to the bathroom over some hardcore porn.

Either way, the union will go to the end of the earth to defend them. Probably the 'stress factor'. Thats how I'd play it.
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A buddy of mine thought of this funny scenario after he heard the news. Imagine this conversation between a Vancouver Police officer and a female suspect while the officer reads the citizen rights to her during an arrest:

Officer: "Ma'am, you have the right to remain silent...." A long pause ensues while the officer looks at his Blackberry.

Female suspect: "Officer, is there anything you need to say to me?"

Officer: "What? Oh, sorry. I got distracted." (Officer gets so aroused by the porn pic attached to the e-mail on his Blackberry that he gets a boner in front of the female suspect).

Female suspect notices the boner: "Officer, are you happy to see me during this arrest or is there something wrong with your pants? ".
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They surfed porn. WHOOPTIEFUCKINGDOO. As long as it's not child porn, I don't care.

Now throw the fucking book at that Monty Robinson scumbag already.
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