Investigation delays punish correctional officers

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 5112 (Toronto South Detention Centre) will hold a rally outside the Mississauga regional office of the Correctional Services Oversight and Investigation Unit (CSOI) to protest the length of time it is taking to conduct Section 22 investigations of correctional officers.

Date:                

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time:               

8 a.m. to 12 noon

Location:        

2301 Haines Road, Mississauga

  

Investigations under Section 22 of the Ministry of Correctional Services Act are triggered following incidents between staff and inmates that are considered significant contraventions of directives, policies, procedures, and standards of professional conduct. 

Monte Vieselmeyer, chair of the Ministry Employee Relations Committee for Correctional Services, said the excessive length of time that correctional officers are under investigation punishes them – whether or not they are guilty.

"Under Section 22, they have no right to legal counsel, nor do they enjoy the right to be presumed innocent," he explained. "In short, these officers enjoy fewer rights than any other citizen who has been charged with an offence. Who is looking out for the rights and mental health of these officers?"

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

For further information: Mark Manna, President, Local 5112, 647-808-3658; Monte Vieselmeyer, 705-627-1942

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