Which of­fi­cers will show up at your door?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Con­sta­bles not guilty of writ­ing bo­gus tick­ets (April 29)

The re­cent trial of four AC­TION team mem­bers pro­vides some in­sight into the qual­ity of some of the men and women who carry out the du­ties of uni­form of­fi­cers in the Hamilton Po­lice Ser­vice.

The of­fences of which they were ac­cused re­lated to tick­ets called Pro­vin­cial Of­fence No­tices that were is­sued pur­port­edly to home­less or des­ti­tute peo­ple in down­town Hamilton.

Pro­vin­cial Of­fence No­tices are de­signed to be easy to com­plete. In ad­di­tion to other in­for­ma­tion, the time, place and date of the of­fence are to be put on the ticket im­me­di­ately be­fore it is served.

Un­for­tu­nately for the of­fi­cers, the times, places and dates they put on the tick­ets bore no re­la­tion to where they ac­tu­ally were at the time they wrote the tick­ets.

The of­fi­cers’ de­fence was that their no­ta­tions re­lat­ing to time, place and date, the sim­plest part of the ticket, were in­no­cent mis­takes. They had to show the judge that they were so neg­li­gent, in­dif­fer­ent or in­com­pe­tent that they could not an­swer three ques­tions cor­rectly: “Where am I?” “What time is it?” and “What day is it?”

Some­how they rose to the oc­ca­sion, raised a rea­son­able doubt and were ac­quit­ted.

So should the Hamilton Po­lice Ser­vice choose to re­spond to your call for ser­vice, who will show up at your door: a ded­i­cated, mo­ti­vated, com­pe­tent pro­fes­sional or some­one like the four re­cently ac­quit­ted AC­TION team of­fi­cers?

It’s not a lot­tery that the peo­ple of Hamilton should have to play. An­drew Bell, Stoney Creek

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