Victoria’s embattled police chief is going to court to stop an external investigation into his inappropriate behavior on social media.
Frank Elsner has filed a petition in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, to prevent the Police Complaint Commissioner from launching a probe.
Elsner has admitted sending inappropriate Tweets to the wife of one his officers.
Commissioner Stan Lowe started an investigation, after finding an internal probe by the Victoria Police Board was insufficient, forcing Elsner to step aside.
In Elsner’s petition, he claims an external probe is an abuse of process.
Back in December, the Victoria City Police Union said it didn’t have any confidence in the Police Board to handle a scandal involving the chief himself
So a lawyer was hired to investigate, and the chief was subsequently disciplined, but no details were provided on that.
So now he’s trying to stop a public trust investigation?
The Complaint commissioner Stan Lowe alleged back in December that Elsner had provided misleading information to an investigator and contacted a witnesses during an internal investigation.
Lowe also said that he had received more information from Victoria’s police union about four employees alleging workplace harassment by the chief related to ongoing conduct starting in early 2014.
If there is a complaint against a police chief, either from his subordinates, or the Police Board or even union… that usually means it should be looked at.
This is what we expect. People whose salaries are funded by tax dollars are open for scrutiny.
There is a certain level of trust we need to have in our police forces, as these are roles and jobs that come with an extreme level of trust.
And when that trust is questioned, be it from an alleged affair which he denies ever happened, to proving misleading information to an investigator, or even contacting a witnesses during an internal investigation… all these of those things are triggers for people to start asking questions about why?
Elsner has stated in the past this was his private life. Well when you start posting things to social media, that a lot of people can likely see then it becomes a public trust issue.
And to add to that laundry list there’s also claims of workplace harassment.
And now he’s trying to stop an external investigation into his inappropriate behavior?
Thanks Frank Elsner for really showing us today the reason such investigations exist.
They pick out the bad apples.
Now I am not saying you’re a bad apple, that’s for someone else above your pay grade to decide.
But you trying to block such an investigation makes us ask the question… are you bad apple?
If you have nothing to hide then why are you trying to shut it down?
Now, a confident police chief, who believes he’s doing great by his team would welcome such an investigation to prove their worth, but all Elsner is doing here is giving himself a black eye, and bringing new meaning to public trust, because right now it looks like there isn’t much in him.