According to Doherty’s human rights complaint, the background officer told her she would need to redo paperwork and resubmit it, and — believing she was still in line for a job — she did so immediately. To order A “competitive candidate” is one who is honest, fair, reliable, calm, educated, resourceful, empathetic, community-oriented, honest and tolerant. “This is about my age.”, Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. According to her complaint, the staff sergeant then noted she hadn’t worked in 14 years, another fact that police knew when she passed her police interview. Toronto police would not discuss Doherty’s allegations because the case is with the human rights tribunal. Doherty says she also asked if she was in contention for a coming recruitment class and was told she was. In 1995, she received a registered practical nursing certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College. To order copies of If you have successfully completed everything that’s required and you continually do so, then age should not be a factor.”. A dislike of injustice drew her to policing, she says. All She is vice-chair of a local community policing committee. “I had been keeping all of my required documentation up to date,” Doherty told the Star. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The question struck her as odd and inappropriate. Your career...Your community...You can make a difference(416) 808-JOIN (5646), The following points outline the process for becoming a police constable with the Toronto Police Service. Complete an ongoing fitness log; logs from the most current two-weeks may be requested at any … Doherty is aware she wants to begin a job at an age when most are heading out the door. Republication or distribution of this content is The police rationale for not hiring her, Doherty predicts in her complaint, will be that she wasn’t as qualified as other recruits. She says none of her references, neighbours or prior employers had been contacted during the background check that she had been told she passed. According to the police hiring process, that meant the next step in the process would be a conditional offer of employment — or no offer at all. Theresa Doherty believed her goal of becoming an officer with the Toronto Police Service was not only possible but that she was in line for a coveted job offer, and that it was only a matter of time. She graduated with high marks in 2010. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution As a remedy to her complaint, Doherty’s preference is with the Toronto police, or alternatively, monetary compensation. Three months later, she received a letter informing her that she had been “declined further, no explanation given,” Doherty says in her complaint. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. She went on more than 40 ride-alongs with Peterborough OPP. “I was declined four years after a successful interview. A police certification test that was good for three years had just expired when she was asked her age. “I always thought that (age) would be to my advantage,” Doherty said in an interview at the dining room table of her rural Peterborough home. Doherty believes she is all those things.“To tell me that I’m not competitive enough, it’s a real slight and a blow,” she told the Star. They then take part in a “blended interview.”. Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit, Mission Statement, Core Values & Core Competencies, Obtain an OACP Certificate of Results from, Complete medical forms with appropriate physicians for hearing and vision standards (Forms available from, Complete an ongoing fitness log; logs from the most, Submit Toronto Police Service online application, Pre-Background Questionnaire (PBQ) and written Local Focus Interview (LFI), Complete the Leger 20m Shuttle Run, obtaining, Blended Interview (in-person Essential Competency Interview (ECI) and Local Focus Interview (LFI)), Complete the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2), Conditional Offer of Employment Pending Medical Examination, Cadet-in-Training at the Ontario Police College. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. “I thought that what I’d accomplished in light of my limited resources and income would be something that would cause them to maybe take notice,” said Doherty. The average age of retirement of a uniformed Toronto officer is around 57, only two years older that Doherty is now. Her studies at Trent included criminology, philosophy, social inequality, comparative social analysis, moral issues, psychology, research methods and international development. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. Police already knew the answer. Other reasons she was given by police for not being offered a job were hiring cuts and that there were “other excellent qualified candidates.”. In a human rights application filed this summer, Doherty alleges she was discriminated against because of her age and “systematically lied to … about my standing in the process.” Even after the question about her age, she says she was led to believe she was still in line for a job, and passed and completed each step in a lengthy process, including physical requirements and psychological testing. rights reserved. Under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, employers can’t refuse to hire, train or promote people because of age. Doherty contacted a staff sergeant in the service’s employment unit, seeking a meeting and an explanation, and the two, in August 2015, “spoke at great length.” She shared her frustration over being “led to believe” she was “being invited to proceed” and having been asked her age. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. She is also an auxiliary officer with the OPP. Theresa Doherty believed her goal of becoming an officer with the Toronto Police Service was not only possible but that she was in line for a coveted job offer, and that it was only a matter of time.
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