It’s legal for Waterloo, Ont., police to beard criminals

Court upholds arbitrator’s ruling on cops’ facial hair
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Ontario Superior Court has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that police officers in Waterloo Region, Ont., can wear beards on the job.

A bylaw of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board permitted beards only if the Chief of Police gave permission to certain plainclothes officers, officers whose religion required them to wear beards, or officers who had a medical need to grow facial hair.

In 1998, Constable Matthew Jeary arrived at his job with the Waterloo police wearing several days’ growth of beard. After he ignored three orders to shave, a hearing officer found him guilty of three counts of workplace insubordination.