Do not think about, write about or deal with human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.
This illustrates a number of things–you can’t get fired as a government employee–those attempting to fire you won’t hurry because it’s not their money–the process of firing anyone makes everyone money, lawyers, witnesses, experts with the bill paid by the taxpayer.
Suspended Durham cop has collected $600Gs in pay
Three major incidents of unlawful use of force
By Michele Mandel
TORONTO – How he must laugh at our stupidity.
Over the last seven years, Durham cop Glen Turpin has collected more than $600,000 in salary from Ontario taxpayers while suspended with pay for using excessive force.
With a file stuffed at the time of his 2008 suspension with more public complaints than any other Durham officer, the constable has twice been brought up on criminal charges and has three convictions under the Police Services Act for serious misconduct.
And still he collects his police paycheque, pension and benefits while his appeals and hearings slowly stretch out over the years. But Turpin’s not one to sit idle. According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s Ontario operations manager for Emergency Response Institute Canada and owner of Tactical Films Consulting.
So why is he allowed to continue to suck us dry?
“I have no comment at this time,” Turpin said politely when reached on the Tactical Films office line.
Next month lawyers will make final submissions on what penalty Turpin should face following three incidents where Durham residents were injured, two of them requiring hospital treatment. Prosecutor Ian Johnstone is calling for the 46-year-old’s immediate dismissal.
“It’s a case of three strikes and you’re out. This is his third major incident of unlawful use of force. It can’t be tolerated any longer,” the service’s lawyer said when contacted by the Toronto Sun.
The sad irony is that Turpin should know better. For two years, this black belt in Kenpo Karate trained other police officers on the proper use of force.
Turpin’s employment history is a study in contradictions: A long-time volunteer with search and rescue, he has numerous commendations and was a Lion’s Club officer of the year in 2002. But then there are the voluminous accusations from the people he policed.
In 2007, the Durham police chief ordered an internal review: “The sheer number of public complaints that have been generated regarding your job performance gives the service cause for concern,” the chief wrote him. “In 2006, you had 26 times the number of public complaints compared to your colleagues … as of September (2007) you had 23 times the number of public complaints compared to your colleagues.”
The review concluded Turpin was responsible for 10% of all Durham police-related investigations by the SIU. He was demoted to a desk job before his 2008 suspension.
His first serious Police Act conviction came a decade earlier. Without a warrant or permission, Turpin entered Roderick Tamney’s home to speak to his son about his missing friend. When he objected, Turpin grabbed his wrist and pushed him, knocking him against a window ledge. “We can find no pressing requirement that should have caused him to use force,” the Ontario Civilian Police Commission wrote in upholding his conviction in 2000.
In 2006, Turpin was criminally charged with assault causing bodily harm and uttering a threat to cause bodily harm for his treatment of a drunk prisoner.
After arresting Martin Egan for causing a disturbance outside a Whitby bar, the officer was heard on tape in the holding cell warning the belligerent 21-year-old to co-operate or “I’m going to punch your teeth right through the back of your head.”
His partner told the court she found his “grounding” of Egan excessive and asked not to work with Turpin again. She wasn’t present when Egan was grounded a second time, causing a cut above his eye that needed nine stitches.
Justice Myrna Lack convicted Turpin on both charges. “Turpin taunted and provoked Mr. Egan. He entered Mr. Egan’s cell on a pretext because he was angry and assaulted him,” she ruled, “Mr. Egan suffered a significant injury as a result.”
He got two years probation and 120 hours of community service. At a police disciplinary hearing in 2010, Turpin pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct.
In 2011, the Court of Appeal ordered a new trial because the judge used a questionable interpretation of a garbled part of the audio. At his second trial, Turpin pleaded guilty to one count of threatening bodily harm and received a conditional discharge. The assault charge was withdrawn.
In 2007, Turpin was criminally charged again for his violent handling of another drunken prisoner. Dispatched to a disturbance in Whitby, Turpin admitted striking Ryan Schwalm twice in the face while taking him into custody for assault with intent to resist arrest and causing a disturbance. According to his disciplinary hearing, Turpin was then recorded using a “violent, takedown manoeuvre” that caused Schwalm to fall and slam his head against the cell wall.
While acquitted at trial, a police tribunal found him guilty in 2012 of unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority.
“It is simply ridiculous to suggest that the throwing of an intoxicated person, who has his shorts around both ankles and his hands cuffed behind his back, to a concrete floor, in the close proximity of cinder block walls is ‘prudent,’” ruled hearing officer Richard Finn.
That was three years ago — and we’re still paying this bully’s salary? He must be laughing all the way to the bank.
Smile and keep paying. It’s not like they’re wasting your money. The next time someone pompously announces that we have an obligation to pay taxes, I trot out this, and several hundred other examples of wasted money, as counterpoint.
Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies