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Recommendations Of The Coroner's Inquest Into The Death Of Robert Gentles

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59. It is recommended that because of the nature of work performed by CSC peace officers, that CSC take forward to treasury Board a proposal that the Master Agreement between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Treasury Board be amended to provide an exception to the general "sunset clause" which provides for the removal of any disciplinary action from a public service employee's file after two years. This exception to the "sunset clause" should be applied only in circumstances where a CSC peace officer has received discipline relating to the use of force against an inmate.


The "sunset clause" referred to (two years, if no further disciplinary action.) embodies the concept that behaviour can be corrected and that an individual should be given a fair opportunity to continue his/her career without a blemished record if in fact he/she has demonstrated an ability to correct their behaviour.

If a transgression were so serious that it would require a permanent record, then the department would necessarily consider termination of employment as a disciplinary sanction.