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Letter-writing charges dropped against Hamilton officer

Charges have been dropped against Const. Tom Chalmers. The charges were related to the accusation he wrote a letter to a citizen’s employer.

Charges have been dropped against a veteran Hamilton constable accused of writing a letter to a citizen’s employer.

The complainant has agreed to withdraw charges against Const. Tom Chalmers, said Marco Visentini, Hamilton Police Services lawyer, during a hearing held by conference call Tuesday morning.

Chalmers faced three counts of alleged misconduct — one of breach of confidence and two of neglect of duty. They related to the allegation he sent a letter to a citizen’s employer on Feb. 22 outlining his professional dealings with the person.

Visentini met with the complainant in late September. He notified the complainant of the hearing, he said. The complainant agreed to withdraw the complaint.

The charges followed an investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

Superintendent Mike Shea presided over Tuesday’s conference call. The hearing concluded immediately without questions from the media.

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