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Charge dropped against Hamilton police officer

A criminal charge has been dropped against a Hamilton police officer charged with sending a threatening email while off duty.

A criminal charge has been dropped against a Hamilton police officer charged with sending a threatening email while off duty.

Const. Paul Manning has been suspended with pay since February after he was arrested regarding the alleged threat.

While arresting Manning, Hamilton Police also found a long arm firearm not stored safely, resulting in an additional charge against the 41-year-old officer.

Manning agreed to a six-month peace bond on Thursday, said Manning's lawyer, Jeff Manishen. He also agreed to be bound by a five-year firearm prohibition order.

"This was a resolution for him that he agreed as appropriate," he said.

Manning's case marks the fifth time in two years that charges against a Hamilton police officer have been dropped. Clint Twolan, president of the Hamilton Police Association, says police seem to use the "bare minimum of grounds" to lay charges against their own officers in the interest of transparency. 

"In many cases, police officers are being charged more as a precautionary step, as in 'let's illustrate to the public that we're transparent and not hiding anything,'" Twolan said. 

"All we can at the outset is try to encourage the public to understand it's nothing more than allegations. As time goes on, we keep pointing back to the clear fact that in the vast majority of these allegations, the charges being made are being withdrawn."

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