Corrections officer gets it wrong

Officer fired for handling inmate too roughly in altercation and then filing misleading incident report
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/14/2011

An Ontario correctional services officer’s use of excessive force and attempt to colour an incident to justify it is grounds for dismissal, the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board has ruled.

Jamie Lavallee was a correctional officer at the Windsor, Ont., Jail, hired in February 2002. His training included information on a federal regulation and a corrections policy manual that both stipulated officers should only use force against an inmate if required, as well as techniques to resolve situations peacefully.

On May 17, 2008, Lavallee was assigned to escort an inmate from the visiting room to his unit. The inmate was a dangerous offender who had assaulted corrections officers on other occasions and had also threatened staff. Because of this, Lavallee was extra alert and vigilant for this assignment.