Oak Bay police officer sanctioned after allegations of corruption and dereliction of duty – Campbell River Mirror
An Oak Bay police officer is barred from promotion for a year after being demoted following an external investigation that substantiated misconduct charges.
The member has now returned to operational duties as a constable under the supervision of a sergeant, according to a statement from the Oak Bay Police Department.
In October 2020, the department was made aware of allegations against a member and notified the Office of the Public Complaints Commission (OPCC) requesting an independent external investigation. The OPCC has jurisdiction over municipal police officers in British Columbia
The OPCC ordered the Victoria Police Service to investigate the matter and also be the disciplinary authority.
Given the nature of the allegations, the member was assigned to administrative duties and his weapons were seized, the statement said.
On February 2, the disciplinary authority substantiated five allegations of misconduct under the Police Act. This included substance abuse, dishonorable conduct, bribery and two instances of dereliction of duty. The penalties imposed include a demotion from Sergeant to Constable First Class and the officer cannot compete for promotion for one year. The leader’s approval is also required to compete for promotion.
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