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Recently-disciplined Vancouver police officer facing criminal charges fired

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A Vancouver Police constable who is facing a string of criminal charges has been dismissed from the force. – Jun 18, 2021

A Vancouver police officer who was recently disciplined and is facing multiple criminal charges has been fired.

The Vancouver Police Department confirmed Friday that Const. Neil Logan has been dismissed.

It comes following an Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner-ordered review into allegations Logan had assaulted a former girlfriend while on a vacation to Seaside, Oregon in 2017.

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A Vancouver police disciplinary proceeding substantiated a finding of misconduct and proposed Logan be suspended for 15 days without pay.

Police Complaints Commissioner Clayton Pecknold rejected that decision finding, in part, the “decision of the Discipline Authority (was) lacking in understanding and consideration of the impact of trauma and the dynamics of intimate partner violence in his assessment” of the complainant’s evidence.

The OPCC instead appointed retired judge Brian Neal as adjudicator to review the decision.

Neal concluded that Logan had shown an “enduring denial of his misconduct and (a) complete lack of remorse” since the incident, and that he had not sought any training or education around intimate partner violence.

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A suspension or a demotion, Neal concluded, “would not provide the appropriate denunciation of the Member’s actions or address the very high likelihood of a loss of public trust in the Member, and the administration of police discipline.”

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“Any reasonable person considering the circumstances relevant to this Review, would conclude that the Member’s substantiated misconduct, and attitudes to
intimate partner violence, have resulted in a fundamental loss of trust and confidence in the Member’s ability to serve as a police officer in accordance with
the law,” Neil wrote, concluding the only correct discipline in the case was dismissal.

Logan was one of two VPD officers who were disciplined last Friday over a 2016 wellness check that escalated into a physical confrontation that left a man with severe injuries to the head.

Logan was handed an eight-day suspension for what an Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner adjudicator ruled was a reckless use of force.

The former officer was already on suspension as he faces multiple criminal charges.

Police launched an investigation into Logan last May following a complaint that uncovered “additional concerning behaviour and criminal activity,” VPD Insp. Mike Heard said in January.

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Court records show charges of assault and uttering threats related to an incident alleged to have occurred in Surrey in March 2014; theft, breach of trust and possession of a controlled substance charges over an alleged May 2020 incident, and drug trafficking charges from the fall of 2020 and January of this year.

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Logan is also facing a Police Act investigation, which is on pause until the criminal case against him is heard.

Vancouver police declined to comment beyond confirming the dismissal and referring to the OPCC decision.

With files from Rumina Daya and Sean Boynton

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