Fred­er­ic­ton fires po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter theft ac­cu­sa­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A Fred­er­ic­ton po­lice of­fi­cer, who was ac­cused of theft from a store in Maine, has been fired fol­low­ing a Po­lice Act hear­ing and ar­bi­tra­tion rul­ing.

In a state­ment, Fred­er­ic­ton Po­lice Chief Leanne Fitch says the em­ploy­ment of Const. Cherie Camp­bell is ter­mi­nated ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. Fitch says she’s con­fi­dent in the process and that the ar­bi­tra­tor made a fair de­ci­sion. Camp­bell was ac­cused of shoplift­ing from a store in Houl­ton, Maine in De­cem­ber 2014, but her trial ended in a hung jury and she was not re­tried.

In a 34-page de­ci­sion re­leased Wed­nes­day, ar­bi­tra­tor Cedric Haines says af­ter re­view­ing the ev­i­dence he be­lieves Camp­bell did com­mit theft and did try to use her po­si­tion as a po­lice of­fi­cer to gain favourable treat­ment.

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