Im­proper tweets lead to res­ig­na­tion of Vic­to­ria’s po­lice chief

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VIC­TO­RIA — The sus­pended po­lice chief of the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Depart­ment has quit amid an investigation into his sex­u­ally charged tweets to the wife of a sub­or­di­nate of­fi­cer.

The Vic­to­ria and Esquimalt Po­lice Board says Frank El­sner re­signed from his po­si­tion and will no longer re­ceive his salary or other ben­e­fits af­ter his sus­pen­sion a year ago.

El­sner has been un­der investigation by the Of­fice of the Po­lice Com­plaint Com­mis­sioner and had al­ready been rep­ri­manded fol­low­ing a po­lice board probe into al­le­ga­tions of dis­cred­itable con­duct and mis­use of his depart­ment’s de­vices.

El­sner apol­o­gized shortly af­ter the pub­lic learned of an in­ter­nal investigation that was look­ing into in­ap­pro­pri­ate Twit­ter mes­sages that he sent to a fe­male mem­ber of an­other po­lice force.

Bri­tish Columbia’s po­lice watch­dog said on April 19 that it would ap­peal a court rul­ing quash­ing parts of its investigation into the mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions.

B.C. Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Christo­pher Hink­son re­leased a de­ci­sion last month that nar­rowed the scope of the com­mis­sioner’s investigation by throw­ing out two of five al­le­ga­tions against El­sner.

The rul­ing de­ter­mined that the tweet­ing is­sues that were in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice board could not be re­vis­ited by the com­mis­sioner, but the of­fice could ex­am­ine whether El­sner con­tacted wit­nesses and if he gave mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion to the sub­or­di­nate of­fi­cer and an independent in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

El­sner had asked the court to set aside the com­mis­sioner’s probe com­pletely, ar­gu­ing that an in­ter­nal investigation had al­ready been done.

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Frank El­sner, sus­pended a year ago over tweets to a fe­male mem­ber of an­other force, has re­signed as Vic­to­ria’s po­lice chief.

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