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London cop guilty of neglect of duty, must forfeit 24 hours pay

A London police officer has been found guilty of neglect of duty and must forfeit 24 hours pay after he lied to his supervisor and left work early without completing his duties.

Const. Wesley Reeves lied to his supervisor and left work early without completing his duties

A London police officer has been found guilty of neglect of duty and must forfeit 24 hours pay after he lied to his supervisor and left work early without completing his duties. 

Const. Wesley Reeves apologized through his lawyer and pleaded guilty to neglect of duty in the January 2017 incident at a disciplinary hearing at London Police headquarters last week. 

Robert Fitches, the hearing officer presiding over Reeves' case, issued a written decision that was obtained by request from CBC News Tuesday. 

"I hereby order that Constable Wesley Reeves forfeit twenty-four (24) hours time," Fitches wrote in his five-page written decision. 

'Not a trifling amount'

"The twenty-four (24) hours being agreed upon by the parties is not a trifling amount. When considering all of the details before me, it is extremely fair, in my view and could have been more severe."

Reeves, who has been a London Police officer for five years, was re-assigned in January 2017 from his regular patrol duties to sit at the front desk at London Police headquarters answering phones, after he failed his pistol requalification twice. 

Just two hours into his shift, Reeves informed a sergeant that he was no longer needed on the desk and the sergeant authorized his leave on condition that he had completed all his work. 

By the afternoon, Reeves' supervisor began making inquiries as to why he was not at his post, since he didn't have permission to leave.

Reeves still faces unrelated charges

A subsequent investigation found that Reeves had not completed his work before he left for the day. 

"I find it troubling that Constable Reeves received authorization to leave that day but that authority was based on an untrue statement by him," Fitches wrote in his report. 

"So not only did Constable Reeves leave his work assignment without proper authority, he did so without satisfying the conditions place on the authorization by his supervisor."

Reeves still faces a number of unrelated criminal charges, including assault, mischief under $5,000, criminal harassment, uttering threats and intercepting a private communication.