Criminal associations not good for officer

Corrections officer worked in facility with biker gang members but had associates with ties to same criminal gangs
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

Termination of employment was an appropriate level of discipline for a corrections officer who associated with criminal figures, a labour adjudicator has ruled.

Martin Lapostolle was a corrections officer at an institution in Saint-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. He was assigned to the regional reception centre, which was a maximum-security facility that receives inmates who are being assessed for placement in other institutions. This facility specifically handled offenders who could not be integrated into the general prison population, including dangerous offenders such as criminal biker gang members. As a result, security in the facility was sensitive and at a high level.

On Nov. 3, 2007, Lapostolle was found in a limousine with several individuals who had ties to criminal ventures. Corrections Canada (CSC) suspended him for one day and warned him any further offences could lead to more serious discipline and possibly termination.