(OPP Commissioner Fantino - Feb 24 2009)
But once in a while I read about police force policy changes, or the actions taken by members of a force, or even statements made by some higher ranking Police Officer which quickly erodes that respect. Lately it has been the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police who has been doing a disservice to his colleagues after meeting the press recently:
"Ontario Provincial Police chief Julian Fantino taunted taser critics, saying they'd never walked in an officer's shoes and probably couldn't even pass a basic training course."
Perhaps Commissioner Fantino would care to point out where it is stated that walking in an officer's shoes is a prerequisite to being a 'taser critic'. Additionally, I am quite certain that the majority of so called 'taser critics' could readily pass a police basic training course, as from what I hear they aren't particularly challenging! If Commissioner Fantino wishes, I would be happy to volunteer to do just that, if he could ensure the OPP will cover any nominal and reasonable costs.