Correctional officer fired after seeing other side

Officer pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife; worked with youth and convicts with assault convictions
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/29/2011

This instalment of You Make the Call features a correctional officer who was convicted of assaulting his wife.

The correctional officer worked for the North Slave Correctional Centre (NSCC) and also served as a relief youth officer in the North Slave Young Offenders Facility. Both facilities were located in Yellowknife, N.W.T. and the officer had been employed with the NSCC since 2003 with a clean disciplinary record.

On March 9, 2009, the officer was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife. He spent three days in jail and his trial was scheduled for the following month. The NSCC suspended the officer with pay and began an internal investigation. The officer indicated his lawyer advised him not to answer questions due to the impending trial. The investigation continued and it was determined a serious incident had occurred, but the officer was allowed to return to work until his criminal trial was completed, though his interaction with inmates was limited and other officers showed some concern over the charges, particularly those who knew his wife. On one occasion, an inmate learned of the charges and challenged the officer about them.