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RCMP officer to be charged

Peter Varga
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, June 23, 2010

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - RCMP expect to lay charges next Monday against a police officer who was suspended with pay on Feb. 25 after having been accused of theft.

The case involves an alleged theft that occurred 12 to 16 months ago in Yellowknife and "was discovered internally," said Supt. Grant St. Germaine, officer in charge of criminal operations for the Yellowknife detachment.

When the unidentified officer was suspended, St. Germaine ordered an investigation of the matter. That investigation was carried out by the major crimes unit in Edmonton, the superintendent said yesterday. A unit outside Yellowknife's jurisdiction was put on the case to avoid conflict of interest, he said.

The outcome of the investigation was submitted to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Toronto, which responded to the Yellowknife detachment on June 21.

"We're reviewing what came back from the Crown right now, to determine exactly which charges we're going to lay," said St. Germaine.

The charges, he said, will be sworn on Monday. The detachment intends to hold a press conference later that day, the superintendent said.

Once the court process is complete, St. Germaine said the RCMP may use its own internal code of conduct to further deal with the matter.

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