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London police officer ordered to resign fights to keep his badge

A London police officer who was ordered to resign or be fired is appealing the ruling by a Police Services Act tribunal.

Const. Wesley Reeves is challenging his dismissal by a Police Services Act tribunal

London police const. Wesley Reeves is appealing a decision by a Police Services Act tribunal ordering he be fired after pleading guilty to five counts of professional misconduct. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

A London police officer who was ordered to resign or be fired is appealing the ruling by a Police Services Act tribunal.

Const. Wesley Reeves remains suspended with pay until the matter is resolved.

Reeves, 34, was ordered to step down last week by a Police Services Act tribunal led by retired OPP Superintendent Greg Walton. Reeves pleaded guilty to five PSA charges, including four counts of discreditable conduct and one count of insubordination. He had hoped to keep his job but Walton ruled that Reeve's behaviour was too egregious.

The PSA charges followed an investigation by Waterloo Regional police that resulted in criminal charges of assault, mischief, uttering threats, criminal harassment and intercepting a private communication. Those charges were withdrawn in court last fall.

The tribunal was told that Reeves used cocaine and non-medically-prescribed marijuana and steroids during an 18-month period while he was having an affair.

Reeves told his wife he was away in a full-time treatment program while living with a woman identified as S.D.  

According to the decision rendered by Walton, Reeves conducted nearly two dozen unauthorized searches on a police database and arranged for a fellow officer to rescind a traffic ticket for his then-girlfriend's sister.

Walton said Reeves' conduct was not "a momentary lapse of judgment." 

Officer diagnosed with PTSD

He called Reeves' database searches and drug use were "regular and deliberate," and that for him to return to work as a police officer "would cause irreparable harm to the London Police Service."

Reeves is appealing on multiple grounds, including that Walton didn't take into account his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Reeves was diagnosed with mild to moderate PTSD in September 2017, according an agreed statement of acts.

He has been suspended with pay since his arrest by Waterloo Regional police in April 2017.

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