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My experience with VPD in stark contrast to inquiry testimony

BY G. E. BONNIE THIELE, VANCOUVER SUN  MAY 2, 2012

Missing 'hookers' were low priority for VPD, civilians tell inquiry; Sexist and racist attitudes were common among police, former employee testifies, April 24

The Pickton inquiry appears to be demonizing the male officers of the Vancouver police department.

Testimony by the two civilian clerks of the department, one from Missing Persons and the other a 911 operator, paint a portrait of the officers vastly different to my experience while working as a 911 operator and police dispatcher from 1962 to 1996.

I worked with and was supervised by several of the officers who testified at the trial, as well as countless others over the years who did two-year stints in Communications as part of training toward promotions.

Probably 99 per cent of these men treated the public, including prostitutes and aboriginals, with equal integrity, respect and compassion.

Such remarks as "she is only a hooker" or "he is only a drunk Indian" were not part of their vocabulary, either in public or private conversation.

I have no present connection with the VPD, but despite all the negative publicity, I believe we are lucky to have such a great group of officers in whom we can have confidence.

G. E. Bonnie Thiele Vancouver

 

Police Compassionate

BY BONNIE THIELE, THE PROVINCE  MAY 1, 2012

The Pickton inquiry appears to be ending up as a demonization of the male officers of the Vancouver Police Department.

The testimony of the two civilian clerks in the department paints a portrait of the officers vastly different to my experience while working as a 911 operator and police dispatcher between May 1962 and December 1996.

I worked with and was supervised by several of the officers who have testified at the trial. Probably 99 per cent of these men treated the public, including prostitutes and aboriginals, with equal integrity, respect and compassion.

Many mistakes were obviously made and acknowledged in the investigation of Pickton's murders and no words of remorse or regrets can ease the pain of the victims' families, I am sure.

Despite the negative publicity, we are lucky to have such a great group of officers in whom we can have confidence.

Bonnie Thiele, Vancouver

 

 

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