If a cop breaches the trust of one of their own family members, can they be trusted to protect the public?
OPP officer Jeffrey Steers installed a hidden camera in his condo bathroom. He used this camera to to film a naked relative showering and undressing, and then later created his own pornography with the footage by superimposing an image of himself, naked.
In 2012, the OPP’s internal disciplinary tribunal, Steers pleaded guilty and was demoted from inspector to staff sergeant, and was withheld from seeking promotion for two years. His salary dipped from $130,000 to $116,000 for one year only, in 2013.
When asked about this incident, Steers told the Toronto Star that he’s moved on from that issue, and that it’s all behind him now.
That’s likely not the case for the victim. She declared in a statement that she has been forever changed by this incident, and that “he is wearing a uniform that people identify with trust and safety. It is in question if I will ever trust a police officer the way I would have in the past.”
Steer’s now ex-wife stumbled upon videos containing the family member and numerous other women, compiled over a span of 10 years. She alerted the authorities and used this evidence for her divorce proceedings.
The Toronto Star looked into Steers’ case as part of wider probe into police tribunal decisions made by the OPP and other police services in the GTA (Toronto, Peel, York, Durham and Halton).
Despite requests for information, Steers’ criminal files remain sealed (doesn’t the public have a right to know every detail of a criminal case involving a police officer paid by the taxpayers and tasked with protecting the public?) but some information is available via documents from his police tribunal.
Why wasn’t Steers fired? He was spared that fate because he accepted responsibility for his actions (after being caught, of course); and his employment record was not only clean, but contained strong support from his superiors and numerous accolades for his community service.
He currently holds the position of staff sergeant with the province’s Highway Safety Division.
Read the whole story HERE on YorkRegion.com
Do you think this officer deserves to keep his job? Do you think what he did on his personal time makes him a bad cop? Do stories like this erode your faith in our justice system?