Edmonton Police Union Members Say Workplace Is 'Toxic'

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EDMONTON — Members of the Edmonton Police Association are calling on the police commission to do an independent review of their working conditions.

Association president Maurice Brodeur released results of a survey of members Tuesday that he says show a "toxic culture of fear and blame'' among the rank and file.

Brodeur says members are pointing their fingers at senior management officers, including chief Rod Knecht.

He says it stems from how members are disciplined, and says the Edmonton Police Service has the highest number of people being fired in Western Canada.

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Members are laying blame on senior management officers, including chief Rod Knecht. (Photo: Topher Seguin/Reuters)

Knecht says there were 1,319 formal complaints, internal and from the public, about police last year.

He says of those 1.4 per cent resulted in disciplinary hearings and just one EPS member was fired in 2015.

"We don't go out looking for discipline,'' Knecht said Tuesday.

"People make choices, people make mistakes. When they make bad choices, unfortunately those bad choices may end up on my desk and I have to deal with them.''


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