Former RCMP officer under criminal investigation

At least one former high-ranking member who had worked in a unit at the RCMP's Saskatchewan headquarters is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Dec. 5 Update:

RCMP issued a news release advising that Regina police would not be proceeding with criminal code charges because their investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour found insufficient evidence to support moving forward with charges.
RCMP also said that an internal review had also been done and found the allegations could not be substantiated "against any serving members".

At least one former high-ranking member who had worked in a unit at the RCMP's Saskatchewan headquarters is the subject of a criminal investigation.

In March, Regina city police were asked to investigate former Staff Sergeant Bruce Spencer.

Spencer faces a number of serious allegations.

The RCMP said a criminal investigation was started after an internal code of conduct review was held.

"Through the course of this investigation, things came to light that caused us to contact the Regina police service and caused them to initiate their own investigation," said RCMP Sergeant Craig Cleary.

A spokesperson for the Regina police said they plan to treat this investigation like any other.

"Any allegation of a criminal offence is investigated in the same way," said police spokesperson Elizabeth Popowich. "The process is really pretty much the same for any investigation. Police gather up information, they follow up on leads."

Spencer took early retirement. He did not want to comment to reporters.

No charges have been laid in this matter.

RCMP wouldn't confirm the identities of any officers under investigation.


  • A previous version of this story stated that former Superintendent Jim Templeton was being investigated in connection with this story. The RCMP has since advised CBC News that is not the case. Further, the story reported the former member under investigation was attached to the Regina detachment of the RCMP. Instead, the former member was assigned to a unit operating from the RCMP Saskatchewan headquarters.
    Nov 06, 2013 8:00 PM CT