Arrested development, in training

Employer overlooks cops vying for exclusive program
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/06/2014

Two cops in Prince Edward Island vying for a spot at one of the country’s top police colleges say they were not given the fair consideration they were owed — and an arbitrator has agreed.

Ross Davies and Dean Fields, constables with the Charlottetown Police Department, had both applied for an exclusive training course at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, which, upon successful completion, could land them a job in the Charlottetown police identification department (run by only one officer at the time).

But when the spot was given to an officer who had already attended — and failed — the course, both Fields and Davies cried foul. The collective agreement dictated no officer would be allowed to repeat a course if it would mean taking that opportunity away from other employees.