“During an off-duty gathering, a new police officer pushed a female classmate against a wall and grabbed her buttocks while trying to engage her in a kiss,” said the report posted last week to the complaint commissioner’s website.
“At another off-duty gathering, the police officer rubbed his hand between the legs of a classmate over her clothing while she was asleep. The police officer also inappropriately touched two other classmates at a gathering.”
“Upon review of the [Police Act] investigation, the chief determined the member committed serious misconduct and substantiated four counts of discreditable conduct,” the report said.
“The officer resigned from the Vancouver Police Department prior to the discipline hearing and did not attend the proceedings. The officer’s employment records will reflect that he was dismissed from the Vancouver Police Department.”
The VPD said in an emailed statement Wednesday that a criminal investigation was conducted and charges were forwarded to Crown counsel for consideration.
“I do know that the department would have put support structures around those [complainants] to ensure they had whatever support that they needed to work through and handle this type of conduct that occurred to them,” she said.
A special municipal constable working as a jail guard allegedly used her personal cell phone to take an “inappropriate photograph” of a male prisoner in his cell, the report said.
The guard then showed it to another guard.
“The [guard] then showed it to the jail nurse, who advised her that it was inappropriate and to delete it,” said the report, noting the guard admitted to the allegation and was given a written reprimand.
“When the police attended, the police officer engaged in a verbal exchange with the complainant asking him how his child pornography charges were going, in front of other members and citizens,” said the report, noting the officer took full responsibility and admitted to making the comment.
The report provided limited information on the fourth case, which was related to a use of force complaint. The officers involved did not properly document their use of force as required, the report said.
“The officers understand that a ‘subject behaviour officer response report’ is required anytime hard physical tactics are used and/or when soft tactics are used that result in injury to the subject,” the report said.
The report also provides details of an off-duty transit constable who registered a “fail” reading on a roadside screening device. He received a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and was suspended without pay for three days.
“The female victim saw a marked transit police vehicle stopped at a red light,” the report said.
“She approached and knocked on the window and told the officer sitting in the passenger seat what had happened and pointed to her boyfriend who could be seen to be following the suspect. The transit officer dismissed her requests for assistance.”
One officer was given a written reprimand and the other a verbal reprimand. Both officers provided letters of apology to the complainant and have taken customer service training “to better their communication skills,” the report said.
– Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier