Po­lice of­fi­cer sus­pended for as­sault­ing his ex-wife

Vet­eran of 12 years shoved woman to ground in front of one of their kids

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­field@post­media.com twit­ter.com/jon­ny­wake­field

An Ed­mon­ton po­lice con­sta­ble will be sus­pended the equiv­a­lent of 30 hours with­out pay after he pleaded guilty un­der the Po­lice Act to dis­cred­itable con­duct fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in­volv­ing his for­mer spouse.

Const. Jef­frey Hay pleaded guilty to one count of dis­cred­itable con­duct un­der the Po­lice Act, ac­cord­ing to a May 7 po­lice dis­ci­plinary de­ci­sion. A sec­ond count was with­drawn.

On March 12, 2017, Hay vis­ited the home of his ex-spouse, iden­ti­fied in an agreed state­ment of facts as B.B.

Hey was off duty and planned to pick up his son. The two have four chil­dren and had been mar­ried for 23 years be­fore sep­a­rat­ing in 2015.

At some point, Hay and his ex got in an ar­gu­ment which ended with Hay grab­bing her and push­ing her to the ground. He got on top of her and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from scream­ing, the writ­ten de­ci­sion states.

Their daugh­ter, whose age was not given, in­ter­vened and tried to pull Hay off her mother. B.B. then called po­lice.

Hay was later charged crim­i­nally with as­sault. He pleaded guilty in court on Jan. 17, 2018, and was given a con­di­tional dis­charge with 12 months pro­ba­tion and a $100 vic­tim sur­charge.

Hay, who had no pre­vi­ous dis­ci­plinary his­tory, was sober at the time of the as­sault and stayed at the scene in his ve­hi­cle wait­ing for his col­leagues to ar­rive, the de­ci­sion states.

Hay was cited for the two dis­ci­plinary of­fences this past April 26.

Pre­sent­ing of­fi­cer Teresa Magee, who rep­re­sented the po­lice chief at the dis­ci­plinary hear­ings, said the fact Hay as­saulted his for­mer spouse in front of his chil­dren should be an “ag­gra­vat­ing ” fac­tor in sen­tenc­ing.

That he ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity, co-op­er­ated with po­lice Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Branch in­ves­ti­ga­tors and saved his ex-spouse and chil­dren from hav­ing to tes­tify by ad­mit­ting to the crime ought to mit­i­gate his sen­tence, she said.

Magee added that the po­lice ser­vice “does not see many cases of do­mes­tic as­sault,” but cited an­other case from De­cem­ber 2017 in which a charge was with­drawn.

Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Fred Kamins, a re­tired RCMP mem­ber, set­tled on a 30-hour sus­pen­sion with­out pay — with three hours de­ducted per pay pe­riod.

“Vi­o­lence in­volv­ing a for­mer spouse is a se­ri­ous mat­ter,” Kamins wrote.

Hay has been an Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Ser­vice mem­ber since 2006.


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