High-Risk Policing

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Former Judge George Ferguson was retained in November 2001 by Toronto’s Police Chief. His report was completed in January 2003 and subsequently made public in March 2004. In it, the former Judge recommended drug testing, psychological testing and financial background checks on police officers in defined high risk positions. However, according to the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition in January 2005, Toronto Police Association President Dave Wilson was said to oppose those recommendations as being “fundamentally unacceptable to our members” and as having indicated that they would be challenged by the Association “at every level.”

In the wake of the recent tragedy involving Dave Lucio and Kelly Johnson, I’m interested to know whether these recommendations have ever been adopted by London Police Services. I’ll try to find out and let you know.

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