Thunder Bay – TBPA Does Not Accept Accusations Of Racism.

Thunder Bay Police Association does not accept accusations that members are ‘racist’

The Thunder Bay Police Association says it stands by its officers in the wake of two reports alleging systemic racism at an institutional level in the Thunder Bay Police Service and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board and does not accept accusations that its members are racist.

In a statement issued late Sunday night, the Thunder Bay Police Association said it takes the reports issued last week by the Office of the Independent Police Review Directorand Ontario Civilian Police Commission “very seriously” and “understands the expressed concerns of the Indigenous community.”

It goes on to state that the OIPRD report fails to highlight the hard work of officers and does not mention the high solve rate for violent crime in the city.

“Senator Sinclair references in his final report that TBPS ranks significantly higher than the provincial and national average for solving homicides and violent crime, while having substantially higher call rates for service than any other similar sized city in Ontario,” the statement reads.

“Will we make mistakes? Of course, we are not perfect, and we accept the responsibility for those mistakes. What we do not accept is the repeated accusations that our members are ‘Racist.’” – Tbnewswatch

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….“Senator Sinclair references in his final report that TBPS ranks significantly higher than the provincial and national average for solving homicides and violent crime, while having substantially higher call rates for service than any other similar sized city in Ontario,” the statement reads.

“Will we make mistakes? Of course, we are not perfect, and we accept the responsibility for those mistakes. What we do not accept is the repeated accusations that our members are ‘Racist.’”….

Once again, not an unexpected response from the police union.

As you know, I am not the greatest fan of the local police department.  I believe they are waaaaay to military. Not sure why they decided that it was necessary, but as far as I am concerned, that is the wrong direction you want your police department to be heading.

Anyway, I have to agree with the TBPA. The local police force is not racist.  It has an almost impossible job.  They are continually placed in a no win situation.

Its always easy for people who have little to nothing to do with Thunder Bay to criticise.  Maybe Sinclair and McNeilly could spend a year riding in a police car and see what REALLY goes on in this city?  No? I didn’t think so.

Thunder Bay is not a racist city  and the TBPS is not a racist police department.  If you believe that then you have to believe that the local Indigenous people are a bunch of drunks, murderers and convenience store robbers.  None of those generalizations are true.

You cannot paint entire cities, police departments and races with a single brush.

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  1. bill westly
    bill westly at | | Reply

    when the public became combative, reckless, thoughtless, disrespectful, thugs attacking and killing….they had to adapt a tougher stance, blame yourselves people. “live by the sword…die by the sword” Read world news, happening everywhere, violence will be stopped by violence, smiling faces with hands out don’t work anymore.

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