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The Government of Alberta allows peace officers to supplement law enforcement services provided by local police agencies in order to ensure Alberta is one of the safest provinces in Canada.
On August 10th peace officer Rod Lazenby, a retired RCMP officer and current peace officer with the M.D. of Foothills, was attacked and fatally wounded while investigating an animal complaint near Priddis Alberta.
He did not have a firearm or a conducted energy weapon (TASER) to protect himself; Peace Officers may only carry equipment such as a baton and pepper spray which drastically limit use of force options.
Although the role of a peace officer is not to be confused with that of a police officer they are often tasked with enforcing the same laws and are required to do so with less defensive equipment and training provided to police officers.
If our government is asking peace officers to enforce the law, they need to give these officers the tools necessary to fully protect themselves and in turn all Albertans.
Each year, thousands of applicants apply for a position in law enforcement. To apply for these positions, applicants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to apply and then later when they are denied employment based on unknown circumstances, they are left wondering what happened. In most cases, the applicant knows why they were denied employment but there are quite a few cases where there is an informant who has made claims regarding the applicants abilities or past conduct preventing them employment in that field.
While the state courts have made the claim that disclosure of adverse information regarding an applicant could prevent informants from coming forward with pertinent information regarding the employee, it results in a biased background investigation and a denial of employment wherever the applicant goes based on each background done following the applicant.
These non-disclosure agreements are very harmful to people who are applying for these types of jobs in a very competitive job market and to deny someone the right to know why they are not being selected is just wrong. The federal government doesn't allow this practice in their employment process so neither should the states. It is time for there to be more openness in the hiring of police officer applicants.
My Name is Edward Goldstone. I am just one of many fathers who has had to say goodbye to their child. The last time I saw my son was July 9, 2000. This is due in large part to a court system that has large biases in custudy cases that give more rights to mothers as a parent. More often than not, the courts note only the father's income, rather than their ability to love and care for their child.
On December 22,1999, at the Abbotsford Courthouse, I was given legal visitation rights to see my son, and was required to pay a monthy child maintenance. Since then, in breach of the law, his mother has taken him and disappeared, denying me the right to see my boy, Austin. With the aid of private investigator, I have searched for my son's mother and grandmother with no success. I continue to pay monthly maintenance. Family Maintenance Program (which I volunteered to pay her through) knows where they are but doesn't have authorization to tell me.
Although she is deliberately breaking the law, the authorities can do nothing to stop her. This is due to the omission of a peace officer clause. Without this clause the police can't help me, essentially the court order means nothing. I am trying to get Dads' voices heard. Both parents should be given joint custody (providing the child is not in any danger) and a peace officer clause be included, to make the order inforceable.
I would like your help to put pressure on the Canadain Government to change these out-dated laws. You could help greatly by signing this petition. Its time for dads to have equal rights as parents!