I was sent a web link today to a recently launched website disturbingly critical of the Calgary Police Service. I looked at the website and am very troubled not only by the content, but by the fact they have linked primetimecrime.com as though we are somehow a part of this vitriolic diatribe.
For the record, primetimecrime.com has absolutely nothing to do with www.calgarypoliceinfo.com and I fervently decry any connection to anyone who would dare to publish such a site unsupported by evidence.
In looking at the information published, little seems new. Rather, it all appears to be a regurgitation of things that happened on former chief Jack Beaton’s watch. Beaton deserved to be criticized and I wasn’t shy doing just that. But he has retired and there is a new Chief Constable. And the new Chief Constable seems, to this observer at least, to be making a lot of right moves.
No police department is perfect and no one should expect perfection of the Calgary Police Service. But, since the departure of Jack Beaton and the installation of Rick Hanson as Chief, the CPS is in the best shape it has been in since the early 90’s.
I don’t know who or what is behind the publication of the website but I can suggest that whoever it is is still fighting a battle that is long since over. He or she just doesn’t seem to realize that simple truth.
There were a great many reasons to criticize the CPS under Jack Beaton. The current effort seems to be a day late and a dollar short.