The Vancouver Police Board is now considering discontinuing the pay of a 13-year member of the VPD following allegations of misconduct under the Police Act.
This decision followed a two-year investigation into events that occurred between August 2006 and March 2011, and were brought to the attention of the Vancouver Police Department by an outside police agency in 2011. The VPD then notified the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC).
In March 2011 an investigation was ordered by the OPCC and in January of 2012 Chief Constable David Jones of the New Westminster Police Service was delegated as the Discipline Authority.
The officer was placed on administrative leave on March 4th, 2011 and has been suspended with pay by Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu since August 18th, 2011 following allegations that the officer had lied during an Oak Bay Police Department investigation into a 2001 homicide. It was also alleged that the officer revealed details of the case to another person involved in the investigation and that the officer accessed restricted police databases without authorization and provided that information to the same person. In addition, it is alleged that the officer failed to provide knowledge he had of the death to police.
As a result of the investigation, the following offences under the BC Police Act were substantiated against the member.
- two counts of deceit
- one count of neglect of duty
- one count of corrupt practice
- one count of improper disclosure of information
The investigative findings were presented to Vancouver Police Board for review at the in-camera portion of the July 16th Vancouver Police Board Meeting. The Vancouver Police Board will be making a decision to suspend the member without pay, or to continue the suspension with pay, once it has considered all the information and has given the member and opportunity to be heard by the Board, as required in the Police Act.
As the process is still ongoing, there is no further information to provide at this time.