WARMINGTON: Toronto officer investigating convention speech

That. Art. Adrienne Gilvesy during professional standard survey after speaking in last month’s ‘Freedom Rally’

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Toronto Police Det. Art. Adrienne Gilvesy is the same good cop she was before the coronavirus vaccine arrived.

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Her skills, passion and work ethic to protect Toronto have not changed. The landscape she works in has.

For the first 11 years of her tenure of earning in her dream job, she was a famous part of the team.

Now, that Toronto Sun. has learned, she is undergoing an internal professional standard examination that may end her career – not to decide not to reveal her vaccination status or ask others to produce theirs, but to speak at a rally to express this point.

Now the wife and mother, who have been working on fraud investigations from home during the pandemic, have been sent a letter by TPS Professional Standards telling her that she has been “designated as a respondent in a non-criminal PSA (Police Services Act) investigation.”

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She has been told that “the allegations, if substantiated, constitute a violation of police law”, could lead to charges.

They say her speech at the “Freedom Rally” on September 18 in Queen’s Park is something Toronto police believe could “damage the service’s reputation.”

In her speech delivered on her own time in civilian clothes, she said “I loved my job”, but “what we have been asked to do as law enforcement over the last year and a half is not what men and women in blue have signed up ”and that they are not“ prayer to the government ”.

It is her opinion that is offered in a free country. In this time of pressure for mass vaccination, it was not appreciated by superiors.

These are complicated cases for all sides. Chief James Ramer has his job to do, as does Mayor John Tory.

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That said, what Gilvesy argues is not a challenge to their authority, but a challenge to fundamental freedom and privacy.

You can see from the wording of the letter that the Toronto police have respect and compassion for Gilvesy.

They wrote “we recognize that this can be a stressful time” and recall that there are “supports available.”

It shows that there is a human component.

As my colleague Scott Laurie pointed out before, it has been stressful for Gilvesy, whose wife Erin is also an active firefighter facing potential layoffs.

They have two children under the age of four to raise.

Toronto police offering support is appropriate. The study is not. It should be reserved for serious misconduct and not for wanting to keep their medical status private.

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The best thing for TPS and for officers like Gilvesy is to continue working to keep the city safe from the real criminals.

“I have a duty as a peace officer in Canada to uphold the laws and constitution of our country. This is the basis of our great country and the basis of the police, “she said on Friday.

“I feel it is my duty as a peace officer to speak out against what is happening. It’s illegal, and it’s morally wrong. To be examined and disciplined to defend fundamental freedom, as many of our ancestors have done for generations before, is inconceivable. ”

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However, the government sees things differently.

“We have a commitment to protecting the health and safety of our employees, their loved ones and the residents and visitors we serve,” Mayor Tory said on August 25.

Gilvesy agrees as long as personal medical information remains private.

“Part of the core values ​​of my police service are talking about doing the right thing by acting professionally, with integrity and without prejudice, even in the most challenging circumstances,” she said.

Gilvesy feels she has stuck to this and wants to get back to being the good cop she is proud to be.

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