The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is a Provincial Service and falls under the Ontario Public Service Act. It is also governed by the Police Services Act. Like all other government services the Ontario Public Service professes and strives to maintain a high Code of Ethics through regular in-service training sessions. The OPP proudly professes to be a service that maintains a very high level of integrity. It states in its mission statement that transparency is a key component of fostering and maintaining public confidence. The reality is far from the truth for, time after time, the public is reminded through the media of embarrassing and unethical moments.
In the past and present many officers have filed Applications against the OPP before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario outlining many blatant violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). The OPP thrives in anonymity and that is why they have always sought to settle Applications where they felt that their reasonable prospect of success in defending the Application was slim. Conversely, they also thrived on seeing Applications through to the end of a hearing where they felt that their reasonable prospect of success was great. In settling Applications where their reasonable prospect of success is slim they avoid defeat through the adjudication process and are able to prevent information being made public as a result of the Application being prevented from concluding. In allowing Applications to conclude through the adjudication process a public statement and/or inference is made that the Application was made in bad faith thereby further edifying their mission statement. The end result of both practices always resulted in a perception that they did and still do have a high level of integrity.
Furthermore, in 2012 the Ontario Provincial Police was taken to task by the Ontario Ombudsman and criticized for its lack of treatment of employees dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Upon that report being made public the Commissioner publicly criticized the report initially. However, employees of the OPP and the public who have been mistreated by the OPP know that the report does indeed contain truthful information and that the Commissioner’s address is nothing more than a callous denial of that truth.
This website tells personal stories of three minority ex-police officers all of whom were severely targeted by their former co-workers at the Peterborough County OPP detachment. They shared a common denominator in that they were mature, experienced, well-educated and they did want to make a positive difference in people's lives. Each and every one of them sought justice through filing grievances with the Ontario Provincial Police Association, filing applications with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and even commencing an action before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Each and every one of them has come to realize that the courts in Ontario are no place for the truth. Despite the existence of overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of discrimination, fabrication, targeting and malicious prosecution the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal chose not to investigate their complaints properly and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the action. It is very unfortunate that the Ontario superior justice system caters "justice" to those who have superior power and/or access to superior financial resources. Marcus Tullius Cicero said it best, "The more laws, the less justice."