Fredericton chief files complaint against city police officer

Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch. File/Global News

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Police Commission says it has received a complaint from the chief of the Fredericton police department about one of her officers.

The commission says in a news release published on its website that the allegations centre on the misappropriation of funds from the New Brunswick Police Association.

It says it’s processing the complaint made by Chief Leanne Fitch.

The commission says the member of the police force has been suspended with pay.

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Fitch released a statement on the matter late Wednesday afternoon.

“Without a doubt officer suspensions cast a poor shadow not only on your local Force, but on the reputation of people in this profession everywhere,” she said. “We all feel this acutely as we work in an environment that is very visible and highly accountable to the people we serve.

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“When there are complaints, it is my job as Chief of Police to ensure that due processes are followed and the appropriate action is taken.”

The commission says the association has publicly stated that it intends to lodge a criminal complaint against the individual in the case.

The commission says at that point, it will suspend the processing of the complaint it has received until a criminal investigation is completed.

With files from Global’s Laura Brown


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