Of­fi­cer charged over ‘re­la­tion­ship’

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A Toronto con­sta­ble main­tained an “in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship” and shared sen­si­tive po­lice in­for­ma­tion with a mem­ber of a stu­dent group, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased to Metro.

Const. Kevin Ward faces three charges of pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct re­lated to his role as group com­mis­sioner of the 22 Di­vi­sion Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice Rover Crew, a stu­dent pro­gram or­ga­nized in part­ner­ship with Hum­ber College and Scouts Canada. Par­tic­i­pants are be­tween 18 and 26 years old.

The ac­cu­sa­tions re­late to time Ward spent with a fe­male Rovers mem­ber be­tween Septem­ber 2016 and Jan­uary 2017. The woman is re­ferred to in a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing no­tice as “C.H.” Ward showed the woman sev­eral cell­phone videos, in­clud­ing footage of “ve­hi­cle in­ves­ti­ga­tions” and “ar­rests of un­known per­sons,” ac­cord­ing to an­other no­tice.

Po­lice al­lege Ward also “made in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments, ges­tures or sug­ges­tions” to sev­eral “sub­or­di­nate” group mem­bers, in­clud­ing C.H., dur­ing Rovers out­ings.

Ward made a brief ap­pear­ance at the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal last week. He did not en­ter a plea, and the al­le­ga­tions against him have not been tested. Ward’s lawyer de­clined com­ment when con­tacted by Metro.

In a pro­mo­tional video, Ward says he and a col­league started the Rovers pro­gram as stu­dents at Hum­ber. He says the pro­gram helps youth “re­al­ize their goals” of be­com­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and pro­vides a mix of tra­di­tional scout­ing and polic­ing skills.

Scouts Canada “im­me­di­ately sus­pended” Ward’s group mem­ber­ship once Toronto po­lice no­ti­fied them of the al­le­ga­tions on Aug. 17, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said in an emailed state­ment.

“We are of course very con­cerned about any pos­si­ble harm that may have been done and will fol­low this sit­u­a­tion closely,” the email said.

Po­lice told Hum­ber on Aug. 31 that Ward “would no longer be in­volved in the pro­gram” but pro­vided no ex­pla­na­tion, a college spokesper­son said in an email.

The college learned about the spe­cific al­le­ga­tions against Ward when con­tacted by Metro this week.

“We take any al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour to­wards our stu­dents se­ri­ously, and the safety and well-be­ing of all on cam­pus and the in­tegrity of our pro­grams are of the ut­most im­por­tance to us,” the college said in a state­ment.

Const. Kevin Ward. YouTube

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