Police chief asks for patience as service deals with sexual harassment allegations

By  | January 18, 2018 | 10 Comments | Filed under: Waterloo Police class action lawsuit

Police chief asks for patience as service deals with sexual harassment allegations

News06:38 PM Waterloo Region Record


Bryan Larkin

Police Chief Bryan said the allegations contained in the lawsuit are being reviewed internally. – Mathew McCarthy,Record staff

WATERLOO REGION — Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin is calling for patience from the community as the police service deals with the fallout of a pending class-action lawsuit.

“I’m calling for community patience, media patience. I have to allow due process to occur,” he said.

“I can’t control the judicial process. My responsibility is to ensure we have a strong police service, a strong organization,” Larkin told the media after a police board meeting on Wednesday.

Larkin said the allegations contained in the lawsuit are being reviewed internally.

“We take allegations of discrimination and workplace harassment seriously. These are serious,” he said. “These allegations are disturbing and shocking.”

Six plaintiffs are leading a pending class-action suit alleging gender-based discrimination and a culture of sexual harassment and misogyny. They claim to represent all female members of the local service.

The plaintiffs include three current police officers, two former officers and a retired superintendent. Only one officer is on active duty.

The plaintiffs are Sgt. Karin Eder, Sgt. Shelley Heinrich, Const. Angelina Rivers, former constable Vera MacKenzie, former constable Sharon Zehr and retired superintendent Barry Zehr. Zehr, who retired last April, is married to Sharon Zehr.

The allegations in the suit have not been tested in court and the suit is set to go before a judge in June to be certified as a class action. Total damages the plaintiffs are seeking amount to $167 million.

The claim says the officers were routinely harassed, mocked and bullied by male colleagues and supervisors. When they spoke up to supervisors and their union, they felt dismissed and isolated.



10 Responses to Police chief asks for patience as service deals with sexual harassment allegations

  1. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie January 18, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Two of the named Policemen named in this Allegation are on Cambridge Council – Monteiro & Mann.
    We think that they need to be relieved of their duties until this investigation is over.
    Monteiro has had 2 complaints filed against him in his position on Council and the same person felt so threatened she asked for Security – these were denied.
    So my question is – is this because she was a she? And he was a he???????????
    Please advice these two retired Policemen to resign from Council.
    As Taxpayers we deserve their resignations until this matter has been cleared

  2. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann January 18, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Larkin had to know what was going on. Ken Seiling, Galloway, and the board also must be tossed. Rot from the top down. I met a couple girls a couple years ago that said some cops took street girls they knew out to areas to get looked after. Anything is possible now and open for discussion. Balls in your court Mayor. What are ya gonna do now? Wanna bet they use the “we have to wait to see BS”. Same as the drug problems eh Dougie. Jack shit done after how long? Talk is cheap. This is real bad for our image….oh wait…..IT’S ALL RIGHT HERE.

  3. kefran@bell.net'
    EYES ON OUTCOME January 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Patience Chief Larkin?? Who are you trying to kid here…Let’s get it all out in the open…We have TWO CORRUPT OFFICERS…ONE LIFTING UP SKIRTS AND ANOTHER WHO LET IT HAPPEN AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT…Come on now These TWO DESERVE THE FULL DEGREE OF PUNISHMENT … MONTERIO needs to be held ACCOUNTABLE for his actions on WOMEN and OH YES Let’s also find out what he did to to suspects since it is alleged in the affidavit that ‘MONTERIO ADVISED ME THAT HE AND SERGEANT JIM CULHUM SHOULD BE IN PENITENTIARY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO SUSPECTS.’ FRANK It’s time we find out just what a CROOKED and DESPICABLE COP YOU REALLY WERE…Think This will cost you more than the Complaint a Taxpayer lodged against you last year…..

  4. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    Alan Marshall January 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

    The three Regional Councillors who sit on the Wat. Reg. Police Services Board are Ken Seiling, Tom Galloway and Karl Kiefer. They too are supposed to be responsible for the Regional Police Service. Step up and resign along with Mann & Monteiro.

  5. kefran@bell.net'
    EYES ON OUTCOME January 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Alan: Do you think letters need to be sent to the Regional Chair expressing our views on this

  6. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    Alan Marshall January 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    That’s a tough question. He himself should go for his decades on the Police Board while this was ongoing. A letter certainly wouldn’t hurt things. Probably letters to various municipal councils and to the province would also be helpful.

  7. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann January 20, 2018 at 9:36 am

    The 1st thing Tom Galloway and co. needs to do is toss this jack-ass lawyer that’s trying to sway the public and possible jurors. Even Larkin has responded wrongly. Notice his no show for a comment the other day. You can be sure the politicians and head cops will all want to be on the winning or neutral side when the outcome is revealed. The lawyer has made his hit remark for the start of this case, now he will tone it down as will Larkin. I’m surprised the internal contract or hit squad has not made its rounds as yet. The puppets will be dancing for the Regional cops but if the judge isn’t paid off or jury swayed the tsunami effect will level the liars. This is based on what I believe is truth. I wouldn’t comment so much if Larkin and that snake oil lawyer had just said no comment. The comments run much deeper that just what has been said as well. It was meant to attack the people launching this case and create doubt. Remember O.J.Simpson and his band of lawyers. Of course he was innocent….just ask him.

  8. kefran@bell.net'
    Thinker January 21, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I agree with you Mr. Vann. Galloway and company need to fire that jackass the region has for a lawyer and get someone who is unbiased…This case also needs to be heard in another venue other than the Waterloo Region where the jury and the judge can be objective and listen and respond to the allegations in the manner in which this case should rightfully be handled. Since this lawsuit has been on the news and in the local newspapers I would think it would be hard to get a judge or a jury that would not be biased in some way…

  9. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Ryan Scott January 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    This is very disturbing. Yet another black eye for the police in Kitchener.

  10. tutu@rogers.com'
    tutu February 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

    corrupt cops..corupt courts = corrupt police state…how are these thugs working out for you??

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