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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Appeal filed in Elsner investigation

Victoria, B.C. | by Al Parrish  

B.C's police watchdog to appeal ruling that quashed part of its investigation.

British Columbia's police watchdog will appeal a court ruling quashing parts of its investigation into misconduct allegations against Victoria's suspended police chief Frank Elsner.

Elsner was Deputy Chief in Owen Sound  from 2001 to 2007. 

Since April of last year, he has been suspended with pay by the Victoria Police service, for allegations of misconduct. 

These include sending inappropriate Tweets to a subordinate officer’s wife, workplace harassment, and later interfering with a subsequent investigation.

The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner says in a statement that it will provide its reasons for the appeal within 30 days. 

B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson released a decision last week that narrows the scope of the commissioner's investigation by quashing two of five.

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner accepted Elsner’s request for more investigation.

A news release says RCMP Chief Superintendent Trent Rolfe will be taking over as new lead investigator, following the retirement of Chief Superintendent Sean Bourrie, who had previously been at the helm.

Rolfe has been given until May 9 to produce his report.

Last month, a pair of retired judges reviewed 11 allegations against Elsner, and ruled he would face a disciplinary hearing.

He was scheduled to face those allegations, eight of which were found to be serious enough to warrant further action, in a pair of separate hearings.

Elsner has filed two separate lawsuits to have the investigations tossed out.

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