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Putting a face to the issue: CPS officers plan to attend CPC meeting

Recently CPS has have been under the microscope due to allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment stemming from a from a 2013 review

CPS members plan on attending CPC meetings moving forward as a way of humanizing the issue.

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CPS members plan on attending CPC meetings moving forward as a way of humanizing the issue.

A group of Calgary police officers say they will be attending Calgary Police Commission meetings moving forward as a way to keep workplace bullying, harassment and human resource issues front of mind. 

Former CPS detective, Marlene Hope, said the group is composed of individuals who feel safe advocating on behalf of themselves and others who have experienced negativity – be it harassment, bullying or otherwise— within the service. 

“Our desire is that there will be representation at the meetings from individuals who feel safe to come forward and monitor it, so that there is a reminder to the commission and the service that this issue has a face to it—it’s not numbers, it’s people who have been impacted,” she said. 

Workplace culture issues within the CPS have been under the media microscope in the last number of months due to allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment stemming from a from a 2013 review that highlighted concerning allegations— but was kept under wraps until recently.

Hope said the primary reason for their attendance at the CPC public meeting is so that the CPC and CPS executive team know they are engaged, and watching the process unfold. 

“We want them to recognize that what is being said and the actions being taken are important to us,” she said. “We still commit to the idea that there needs to be transparency and stronger communication with both the membership and citizens of Calgary about how they’re going to address these serious allegations.”

The CPC hosts a public meeting once a month. November’s meeting will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Calgary Police Commission Boardroom (650a - 615 Macleod Trail SE).

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