WARMINGTON: Toronto cop under investigation over rally speech

Det. Const. Adrienne Gilvesy under Professional Standards scrutiny after speaking at last month’s ‘Freedom Rally’

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Toronto Police Det. Const. Adrienne Gilvesy is the same good cop she was before the coronavirus vaccine arrived.

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Her skills, passion and work ethic to keep Toronto safe has not changed. The landscape she works in has.

For the first 11 years of her dozen serving in her dream job, she was a celebrated part of the team.

Now, the Toronto Sun has learned, she’s under an internal professional standards investigation that could end her career — not for taking the position of not revealing her vaccination status or asking others to produce theirs, but for speaking a rally to express this point.

Now, the wife and mom who has been working on fraud investigations from home during the pandemic has been sent a letter by TPS Professional Standards telling her she has been “designated as a respondent officer in a non-criminal PSA (Police Services Act) investigation.”

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She’s been told “the allegations, if substantiated, constitute a breach of the Police Services act” would could lead to charges.

They say her speech at the “Freedom Rally” Sept. 18 at Queen’s Park is something Toronto police feels could “harm the reputation of the service.”

In her speech, delivered on her own time in civilian clothes, she said “I loved my job” but “what we have been asked to do as law enforcement over the last year and a half is not what the men and women in blue have signed up for” and that they are not “pawns for the government.”

It’s her opinion offered in a free country. In this time of a push for mass vaccination, it was not appreciated by superiors.

These are complicated matters for all sides. Chief James Ramer has his job to do, as does Mayor John Tory.

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That said, what Gilvesy is arguing is not a challenge of their authority but a challenge of basic freedom and privacy.

You can tell from the letter’s wording that Toronto police does have respect and compassion for Gilvesy.

They wrote “we recognize this can be a stressful time” and reminding there are “supports that are available.”

It shows there is a human component.

As my colleague Scott Laurie highlighted before, it has been stressful for Gilvesy, whose wife Erin is an active duty firefighter facing potential dismissal as well.

They have two children under four years old to raise.

Toronto police offering support is appropriate. The investigation is not. That should be reserved for serious misconduct and not for wanting to keep their medical status private.

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The best thing for the TPS and for officers like Gilvesy is to continue working on keeping the city safe from the real criminals.

“I have a duty as a peace officer in Canada to uphold the laws and the constitution of our nation. This is the bedrock of our great country and the foundation of policing,” she said Friday.

“I feel it is my duty as a peace officer to speak out against what is happening. It is unlawful and it is morally wrong. To be investigated and disciplined for defending basic freedom, which many of our forefathers have done in generations before, is unfathomable.”

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The government, however, sees things differently.

“We have an obligation to protect the health and safety of our employees, their loved ones, and the residents and visitors we serve,” Mayor Tory said on Aug. 25th.

Gilvesy agrees as long as personal medical information remains private.

“Part of the core values of my police service speaks to doing the right thing by acting professionally, with integrity, and without prejudice, even in the most challenging circumstances,” she said.

Gilvesy feels she has adhered to this and wants to get back to being the good cop she is proud to be.

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