Calgary police were preparing to deal with officers who violated vaccine policy

CPS said they redirect officers if necessary by pulling them from various units and areas outside the front line to ensure service to Calgarians

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Calgary police say they are ready to deal with officers who do not comply with the city’s new vaccination policy.

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The Calgary Police Service said in a statement to Postmedia on Thursday that the professional standards section will be tasked with investigating cases of non-compliance and will have the resources to carry out the work. A plan is also in place if there are many officers who do not comply.

“CPS has measures to reorganize if it turns out that many officers are not complying with the city’s mandatory vaccine policy,” the service said.

“These measures are the same if a large number of officers were to contract COVID-19, or if there were other cases of illness or injury that resulted in many officers being on leave or facing corrective / disciplinary action.”

The CPS said they are redirecting officers if necessary by pulling them from various units and areas outside the front line to ensure service to Calgarians.

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The city on Wednesday announced the much-anticipated vaccination policy that required workers to provide proof of vaccination by November 1st. Personnel who do not provide evidence of vaccination by December 1 must deliver COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at least twice a week at 6 p.m. their own expense.

Fast antigen screening can cost $ 40 per. Tests with approved providers, e.g. Shoppers Drug Mart. The city has said the tests must be performed by authorized suppliers.

The policy will apply to more than 14,000 municipal employees and more than 3,000 employees in CPS, of which 2,248 are sworn officers.

The Calgary Police Association did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Questions have been raised as to whether CPS would participate in a mandatory vaccination program, as discipline for sworn officers is subject to separate legislation than other municipal employees.

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The CPS said non-compliant officers will be put on at least 30 days leave, which will be unpaid unless the member has earned vacation or knocked out time. Thereafter, additional disciplinary measures, including dismissal, will depend on how each case is interpreted under the Police Act and Police Service Regulations.

In a statement, the chairman of the Calgary Police Commission said the policy would protect the health of CPS staff and society.

“The Commission is convinced that the service considered all relevant factors to create a policy that is consistent with the city, while considering CPS’s own unique working environment,” said President Bonita Croft in a statement.

“We look forward to receiving information in the coming weeks on implementation and compliance.”

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