Order issued to reinstate fired Saskatoon police constable Jarett Gelowitz

Cooper, for whom firing Gelowitz was one of his first major decisions upon taking on the force’s top job last year, said it’s extremely rare for the force to terminate an officer, and rarer still for a terminated officer to be rehired.Gelowitz was deemed unfit for duty and fired on Aug. 24, 2018 after three charges of on-duty assault were laid against him. At the time, Cooper said the decision to fire him was based on maintaining public trust in the police force.Two of the charges were stayed or withdrawn by the Crown. On Aug. 1, Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Danyliuk acquitted Gelowitz of the third assault charge, which alleged he used excessive force during an arrest. Saskatoon police chief Troy Cooper speaking to reporters in August 2018, after firing Const. Jarett Gelowitz. Jarett Layne Gelowitz, 32, has been reinstated as a Saskatoon police officer just over a year after he was fired. Mitchell said the criminal matters being resolved “change(d) things significantly,” which in turn allowed negotiations with the police to change. Ultimately, he said, the resulting order is good for all of the parties involved.Cooper said those changes included a more thorough examination of Gelowitz’s conduct and a “very public airing” of the criminal matters, which led the force to understand he was willing to accept responsibility for his behaviour.“It’s that willingness to step up and accept responsibility and accept serious discipline that allowed us to move forward and made that agreement that we reached possible. It’s significant discipline but these are serious allegations and I think it was appropriate,” Cooper said.“Having said that, I believe we could not have considered discipline short of dismissal or as an alternative to dismissal without the type of order, the mechanisms and the content of what was in that order.”Mitchell offered a similar assessment, saying Gelowitz “gets his job back, but it’s not without consequences. The message has been sent, and the message has been sent the other way too — he’s not terminated as a result of what happened.”amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated Saskatoon defence lawyer Brad Mitchell represented Jarett Layne Gelowitz as he successfully appealed his dismissal from the Saskatoon police force. Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix More: Jarett Gelowitz Saskatoon police agree to reinstate fired constable Gelowitz Fired police constable Jarett Gelowitz found not guilty of on-duty assault Saskatoon police chief explains dismissal from duty of constable Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Hearing officer Jay Watson issued the order one day after Mitchell and police lawyers made the joint submission, under which Gelowitz admitted to one major workplace disciplinary offence and three minor ones.The offences include discreditable conduct involving a purse at the police service centre, failing to show up for duty, destroying a picture from a special constable’s work space and using excessive force during an arrest.The major offence will remain on his record for five years, while the minor ones will be removed after two years.Under the terms of the order, which was read into the record during a brief hearing Monday morning, Gelowitz will be placed on administrative duties until deemed fit to return to policing on the street, and spend one year on workplace probation.“Const. Gelowitz is looking forward to getting back to work,” Saskatoon Police Association President Dean Pringle said, adding that he is not aware of a similar instance of a terminated Saskatoon police officer being reinstated. A Saskatoon police constable who was fired last summer after being deemed unfit for duty amid a series of criminal proceedings, none of which ended with convictions, is “ecstatic” about having his job back, says his lawyer.Jarett Layne Gelowitz was reinstated late Tuesday afternoon when a Police Act hearing officer approved a joint submission from his lawyer and Saskatoon police recommending that he get his job back and be given back pay.“He’s happy to have it resolved and he’s anxious to get back to work. He’s always wanted to be at work, and now he’s going to be able to go back to work,” Brad Mitchell, who represents the 32-year-old constable, said Wednesday morning.Saskatoon police Chief Troy Cooper said while it was “not an easy decision,” the contents of the order balance the needs of the community, the police and accountability under the Police Act.“When I looked at the big picture of what had occurred and what would be the best resolution, I think that public trust has been maintained by strict adherence to our policies, by significant discipline and then a safe, progressive reintegration plan.”

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