Union wants to dis­cuss Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice ve­hi­cle pol­icy with chief

‘I don’t see us as drop­ping this is­sue’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

The pres­i­dent of the union rep­re­sent­ing po­lice in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is hop­ing a meet­ing with Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Chief Peter McIsaac will re­sult in bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of un­marked ve­hi­cles. Joan Jessome of the Nova Sco­tia Gov­ern­ment and Gen­eral Em­ploy­ees Union said Mon­day that a union pro­posal on how best to dis­trib­ute the 13 ve­hi­cles now as­signed to man­agers would leave at least five ve­hi­cles that could be re­tained by man­agers. The eight oth­ers would be dis­trib­uted across the four di­vi­sions of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice.

“They re­ally do have a valid ra­tio­nale for the dis­tri­bu­tion and I don’t see us as drop­ping this is­sue,” she said af­ter meet­ing with the lo­cal union ex­ec­u­tive over the week­end.

The is­sue came to light last week when email ex­changes be­tween McIsaac and union vice- pres­i­dent Const. Greg Liv­ing­stone were sent to lo­cal media out­lets.

McIsaac said he was re­luc­tant to change the pol­icy be­cause his man­agers are on call 24- 7 and need ve­hi­cles at their dis­posal.

The pol­icy al­lows man­agers to take their ve­hi­cles home, which is caus­ing con­cern for union mem­bers who com­plain that some­times an un­marked ve­hi­cle is not avail­able.

Jessome said her mem­bers are also re­luc­tant to speak out pub­licly on the is­sue be­cause of fear of reprisals from man­age­ment.

“We want to talk to le­gal coun­sel and staff be­fore tak­ing the next step,” said Jessome, adding she’s hope­ful a meet­ing with McIsaac could help solve the is­sue.

Mean­while, CBRM Dist. 5 Coun. El­don Mac­Don­ald, who is also chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice com­mis­sion, said he wants a meet­ing with McIsaac to bet­ter un­der­stand the is­sue.

Mac­Don­ald said last week he only learned of the car prac­tice through media re­ports and wants to a get more in­for­ma­tion be­fore com­ment­ing.

A main re­stric­tion gov­ern­ing the car pol­icy dic­tates that ve­hi­cles are not to be for per­sonal use, but the union con­tends that pol­icy is be­ing regularly vi­o­lated with no reper­cus­sions.

Jessome

McIsaac

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