UPDATE: Former judge to review misconduct finding of Victoria police chief

No date set for public review

A retired judge will look at a decision that found Victoria’s police chief guilty of discreditable conduct.

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner said Friday it will hold a review on record, which is a public meeting that takes another look at the decision.

Former judge Alan Filmer will review the decision. A date has not been set.

The finding of discreditable conduct against police Chief Jamie Graham stemmed from a security conference in November 2009 where Graham said he had an officer driving a busload of Olympic protesters over to Vancouver for to the 2010 Olympic torch run.

Victoria resident Bruce Dean complained, saying the comment jeopardized the undercover officer’s safety. It has never been proven whether an officer was, in fact, driving the bus.

An investigation by RCMP Chief Superintendent Rick Taylor found Dean’s allegations against Graham were substantiated. Those findings were forwarded to Victoria police board chair Dean Fortin (also mayor of Victoria).

Fortin, as board chair and discipline authority over Graham, found Graham guilty of discreditable conduct in April 2011 and issued him with a written reprimand.

Soon thereafter, Graham asked the OPCC for a review, while Dean asked for a public hearing.

“(Potentially) outing an undercover officer deserves worse than a letter,” Dean said in an interview with the ****News. “As soon as I heard what he did, I said, ‘Wait a minute, he can’t make jokes about outing an undercover officer.’”

Dean said he hopes people attend the review and that Filmer finds “errors” in the investigation process.

“Well, to me, the biggest thing is it’s shameful (Graham is appealing the finding). Every single time he’s avoided accountability on it. He’s wasting taxpayers money by not saying, ‘OK, I’m wrong.’ What kind of role model is he for children, what kind of role model is he for his department?”

Deputy police complaint commissioner Rollie Woods said, “A review on the record is a quicker, less expensive adjudicative avenue to take.”

Woods said in his review, Filmer will look at the reports submitted on the issue and can call for submissions from Graham and Dean, rather than presiding over a “full-blown hearing” with witnesses and a trial.

Police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe said in a report the review on the record is necessary in the public’s interest.

Graham did not return phone calls to the news. VicPD spokesman Const. Mike Russell said the department would not comment on the issue until the process was complete.

Just Posted

WATCH: Soon-to-be guide dogs take part in the Amazing Puppy Race

10 puppies training to be guide dogs took part in a social Easter egg hunt

Economic inequality, immigration still need work in Victoria: Prosperity index

Housing, environmental health factors show improvements in 2019: report

Victoria City Councillor Laurel Collins wins federal NDP nomination

Collins will run for Victoria in the upcoming federal election

Long weekend starts with series of crashes

The long weekend traffic pile up is starting with a series of… Continue reading

Victoria church bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

Churches around the globe ring bells to honour iconic Paris cathedral

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. senior sentenced for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Most Read