No charges laid against CBRPS officer
SiRT investigation determines no wrongdoing in drug case
An investigation by the province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) into a potential incident of a Cape Breton Regional Police Services officer obstructing justice has resulted in no charges being laid.
On Oct. 3 the Cape Breton Regional Police Service contacted SiRT about a possible obstruction of justice committed by one of its members.
The service was concerned that a member may have either provided false information knowing that it would be used in a request for a search warrant, or may have mishandled a drug exhibit.
SIRT’s subsequent investigation showed that in 2014 an officer was preparing an affidavit in an effort to obtain a search warrant for a target. He included in that affidavit information that another officer had seized a large quantity of drugs from the same target several months earlier. A file review found no record of such a seizure. It’s the second officer who was the subject of the SiRT investigation.
The investigation included statements taken from the target and the other officer, who co-operated with the investigation when not required to do so.
In all, the probe involved a statement from one civilian witness as well as statements from three witness police officers, with notes received from another officer. Relevant file material and court documents were also reviewed.
SiRT concluded that there was no evidence that any drugs were seized in the earlier search, and that the recording of details by the officer writing the affidavit appeared to contain errors. SiRT found that the most likely conclusion to be drawn from the facts was that the officer misunderstood what was told to him by the subject officer. The SiRT report notes that the conversations between the two officers occurred in an uncontrolled and unrecorded fashion.
A news release issued by SiRT noted that “the evidence against the subject officer fell well short of providing reasonable grounds to lay a charge.”
SiRT is responsible for investigating serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.