A senior member of the Vancouver Police department is facing sex charges.
Detective Constable James (Jim) Fisher, is a 29-year member of the department and part of the counter-exploitation unit.
Crown Counsel has approved six criminal charges against Fisher.
He’s facing three counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual assault, one count of breach of trust by a public officer, and one count of obstruction of justice.
The Vancouver Police Department is holding a press conference to address an “ongoing investigation” at 3 p.m., but is saying little else at this point.
The officer was apparently arrested in Surrey.
VPD Chief Adam Palmer says two victims are known in this case – a juvenile and an adult. He says they are not aware of any other victims but that anything is possible.
He says the investigation began back in August 2015 and ended Wednesday when he was charged.
“We involved the office of the Police Complaint Commissioner immediately so they were aware. We also had special crown council assigned to the case, and we also received assistance form the RCMP,” saif Palmer.
Fisher has been suspended as the result of the investigation but was on active duty up until his arrest.
“Because he was involved in a number of investigations, that’s something that as a result of this investigation we did we will be looking at it with crown counsel and our police detectives and we’ll be seeing if there’s any issues of concern.”
Palmer says the information came from one of their officers.
Fisher’s next court appearance will be January 24, 2017.
A decorated officer
It was just Last year when Jim Fisher was awarded the Vancouver Police department’s Chief Constable’s Unit citation for his work as the lead investigator cracking a teen human trafficking ring.
That investigation led to the high-profile conviction of Reza Moazami – the first person convicted of human trafficking in B.C.
He was handed a 23-year sentence for pimping teen girls – some as young as 14
Prior to his work in the counter-exploitation unit Fisher served as the VPD’s intelligence coordinator specializing in Asian crime.
He was the lead investigator and was awarded the Chief Constable’s Unit Citation award.