As a hearing begins for a cop charged with illegal steroid use, Edmonton’s cop union boss says the officers involved in the internal steroid ring are good people.
Adam Toma was demoted from sergeant to constable, which comes with an approximately $20,000 deduction in pay, for purchasing steroids from a fellow officer at a disciplinary hearing held on Friday.
A multi-year investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) uncovered two EPS officers selling steroids within the force.
Edmonton Sgt. Maurice Boudreau, Edmonton Police Association President, said it’s in the public’s best interest and EPS’s best interest to resolve the matter quickly.
“He’s taking his punishment, which is pretty substantial,” Boudreau said, adding a plumber wouldn’t face the same scrutiny as police officers do.
Boudreau said as a union, the police want to emphasize the health risk of non-prescription steroid use.
He said police officers can’t be afraid of confrontation and there are dangerous situations. While there is training and officers keep fit, some may feel the need to cheat when it comes to protecting the city, adding he’s not making excuses for anyone.
“We’re the thin blue line that’s supposed to protect the people from the predators,” Boudreau said. “You gotta be the tough guys out there. Sometimes you’ll be by yourself, or you and your partner and you’re dealing with perhaps a very volatile situation.”
Boudreau said Toma immediately felt guilty and decided to own up. The union will be working on education and figuring out why police find the need to do steroids.
He said Edmontonians are still being policed well.
“Most of these people are really good people,” Boudreau said.
The two officers charged in the ASIRT investigation with trafficking are scheduled to appear in court on April 2. They were arrested on March 6 and relieved from duty without pay.
Det. Greg Lewis, a 10-year member, is charged with three counts of trafficking stanozolol between 2007 and 2013, trafficking in testosterone between 2008 and 2009, and trafficking Mathyl-1-Testosterone.