B.C.’s police watchdog is now getting involved, after Victoria’s police chief apologized for inappropriate comments he made to a subordinate officer’s wife over social media.
The Victoria Police Board investigated, but won’t reveal what kind of discipline he received, noting he will stay on as chief.
Deputy Police Complaint Commissioner Rollie Woods says the office will now determine if an investigation is warranted, after Chief Frank Elsner admitted to engaging in inappropriate conversations with a fellow officer’s wife over Twitter.
“The commissioner is tasked with a gate keeping role to determine whether or not it is necessary to order a public trust investigation into this matter. So really, he’s trying to decide based on the information we have received whether or not further investigation is going to be required under the public trust stream.”
Woods says the office will review the Victoria Police Board’s internal investigation, and corresponding disciplinary action.
“Our office has no authority of jurisdiction to give discipline out at all, all the commissioner can do in a public trust matter, is if he disagrees with the discipline, he can send it to a retired judge.”
Woods says if the OPCC disagrees with the internal investigation’s findings, it can send the issue to a retired judge who would review whether more or less discipline was required.
Woods says OPCC’s findings will be made public.