THE DEMOCRATIC REPORTER
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When I first read this article in the Mississauga "Missing" News by their new reporter Louie Rosella I was over joyed to think there was a new age of reporting what was now going on in Mississauga - no such luck. They stepped on him good and Peel police discipline reports were not printed as this one was
Mississauga News - Nov. (?), 2001 - By LOUIE ROSELLA - Staff
Some Peel cops in the wrong
Several Peel police officers have been disciplined throughout this year for offences that embarrassed the force, says Peel Police Chief Noel Catney.
A disturbing report during a Police Services Board Meeting revealed some police officers don’t just uphold the law, they use it to their own advantage.
Between April and June, eight Peel police officers were either convicted or charged with unlawfully helping out friends or covering up unprincipled and dishonest acts within the force.
Police wrongdoings in the last few months include:
• Constable Christopher Barnett, who was convicted of obstructing justice when he gave a driver a ticket for careless driving on April 19, but didn’t attend court for the trial, even though he was on duty and aware of the case. It was revealed another officer  asked Barnett to "take care" of the ticket.
• After Constable Pierre Bernard nabbed a driver for speeding on April 19, another officer  told him the person ticketed was a personal friend. As a result, Bernard didn’t submit the ticket. He also plead guilty to obstructing justice.
• Constable Alan Brown pleaded guilty to discredible conduct after he met with an on-duty officer in April and re-wrote several prisoner log sheets to cover up an assault on a prisoner.
• Constable Vivienne Potter told two officers at the station that the man she arrested verbally abused her. She then heard him being assaulted by the officers in an unmonitored room and did nothing to stop it. She also failed to inform her supervisors about the incident. Potter plead guilty to neglect of duty.
Peel Police Chief Noel Catney told The News these individuals "brought discredit to the reputation of Peel Regional Police. It’s disconcerting and saddening."
Meanwhile, Constable Christopher Walpole is in court answering charges that he sold ecstasy to an undercover officer, while Constable Ronald Jordan is accused of stealing a $94,000 generator from a construction site.
Although this might constitute a negative image of Peel Police (and police in general), Catney was first to argue the opposite. 
"We are a public organization, so we have to be a transparent organization, and we have to be accountable," Catney said in an interview. "Our job is to protect life and property, and for those officers who digress from that, the public has to know our organization is going to deal with it."
Catney hinted there was a time when police corruption wasn’t made as public as today.
"These situations are rare, but we must report them," he said. "It’s a question of maintaining the highest standard we can."
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[COMMENTS BY DON B. -
1 - Its Interesting that "this might constitute a negative image of Peel Police (and police in general), Catney was first to argue the opposite." - say what? Maybe with an attitude like that coming from the Chief, that is why the Peel police have gone on to set records for disciplined problems or even criminal acts.
2 - It is not clear who the "another officer", was and what happened to the "another officer" - cover-up. ]
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