Correctional officer’s drug bust gives employer just cause for dismissal

Arrest violated standard of professional conduct, code of ethics, collective agreement
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/08/2017

An adjudicator has upheld the dismissal of a New Brunswick corrections officer who was found with a marijuana-growing operation and weapons in his home.

Harold Peterson was a correctional officer at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B. (AIR), a maximum-security institution operated by Corrections Canada (CSC). He first became a correctional officer in 1999 at a provincial youth centre in Miramichi, N.B. Over 12 years there, he was never disciplined but was exposed to assaults, inmates who harmed themselves, hangings, and a fire.

Peterson left the provincial system to work for CSC in 2011, first working at another facility before moving to AIR after a use-of-force incident that caused anxiety and sleeplessness.