West Vancouver (NEWS 1130) – A West Vancouver officer has left the force after he has emerged that he has sent naked pictures of himself to women involved in criminal and domestic abuse cases.
A quarterly report by the Office of the Police Commissioner on Complaints states that the officer had been involved in at least 25 cases in which he had tried to engage romantically with women during on-call duty. There were 14 allegations of "unauthorized use of police resources" and 11 allegations of "discrediting behavior," ranging from using his office phone to sending acts to offering women help in removing their tickets for trafficking.
"The police officer uses official mobile phones and computers to send messages, including a naked picture of himself, to a vulnerable client of domestic violence," one of the allegations said.
"The police officer uses police databases (CPIC and PRIME) to look for this female friend," says another.
And another says, "The police officer used his email in a department to send inappropriate email messages to the victim of the ongoing investigation into high-risk domestic violence."
The officer, who is not mentioned in the OPCC report, resigns while the police act is still under way. However, in each of the 14 allegations of misuse of equipment, he would have received a five-day break, while 11 behaviors would have resulted in shooting.
"The Disciplinary Body has determined that collectively the policeman's behavior is a contradiction to what the police community and the public would expect from a police officer.The vulnerability of women that was the subject of police officers' attention, especially when considering our current understanding of sexism, power and culture, was considerably aggravating, "concludes the employee's report.
"The policeman broke the confidence of the public and police station to such an extent that everything that would not be fired would be inapplicable."