We petition Councillor Linda Mosher to insist that the Halifax Police Department to do the formal investigation that was requested by Constable Jamie Symington.
The function of the Board is to provide civilian governance on behalf of Council in relation to the enforcement of law, the maintenance of law and order and the prevention of crime in the municipality; and the administrative direction, organization and policy required to maintain an adequate, effective and efficient police department.
Constable Jamie Symington was placed on indefinite leave because he fought the department's policy of destroying all canines at the time of their retirement. Constable Symington refused to put down his partner of 6 years - Trakr, a beautiful healthy, german shepherd. Jamie was harassed, treated terribly by his superiors, and shunned. During this leave, Jamie and Trakr went to the site of the World Trade Center as volunteers and Trakr was able to find one of the five only live victims in the first 24 hours after the towers fell. He and Trakr made the news - they were heroes! But when his department got the word, they forced Jamie to turn in his badge. Now he is embroiled in a legal battle with the police department to stop the policy of killing healthy canines when they are no longer "useful" and to get a fair investigation into what he terms "corrupt practices within the department". The whole story can be read at
http://www.animalhelp.com/library/articledetail.cfm?artid=352 along with photos of Jamie and Trakr.
It has been rumored that the police department has spent in excess of $3 million in trying to avoid having this investigation done. They continue to try to get the case thrown out on legal technicalities and loopholes. Their tactic seems to be waiting Jamie out, knowing he cannot financially sustain this quest for very long. AnimalHelp.Com calls on all dog lovers to help put an end to the department corruption, and to ensure that in this, and other police departments, loyal and healthy police K-9s will not put down at the end of their service if they can be adopted out.
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