Letter to the Toronto Star published Feb. 23, 2015
Re Peel Regional police officer convicted in car insurance scam, Feb 14:
It is beyond reason that a recently convicted police officer has been on paid leave since his arrest in the spring of 2011. That’s four years of salary at taxpayer expense.
I trust his conviction ends this nonsense, or will it continue during a protracted appeal process? There is something wrong with a legal system that permits such mischief.
One solution is to place in trust the salary of an arrested officer. If found not-guilty, he receives back pay plus interest. If convicted, the funds are returned to the taxpayer.
In the interim, the police union should cover his basic needs, or he be allowed to find alternative employment.