New Brunswick

Fredericton police officer under investigation following conduct complaint

A Fredericton Police Force officer has been reassigned to administrative duties while a Police Act investigation is conducted.

Officer has been reassigned to administrative duties pending outcome, said spokesperson

A Fredericton police officer is under investigation in connection with a call for service last Saturday, said a spokesperson. (CBC)

A Fredericton Police Force officer is under investigation following a conduct complaint, the force announced Friday afternoon.

It stems from a call for service on May 4, public information officer Alycia Bartlett said in a statement.

"Evidence was reviewed, and a conduct complaint was filed to investigate the officer's actions," she said.

Bartlett said in an email statement that the complaint was generated internally following a review of the police response to a reported gun call.

On May 4, police were dispatched to a north-side residence because of a loud party. The situation was upgraded to a potential gun call before they arrived on the scene.

Bartlett has not confirmed this was the same call.

The officer has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the Police Act investigation.

The New Brunswick Police Commission, the province's independent police watchdog, has been notified, said Bartlett.

No other information about the officer has been released.

The officer will remain on administrative duties until the investigation is complete, the statement said.

Hearing for another officer continues next month

The case comes in the midst of an arbitration hearing for another member of the force, who admitted to falsifying reports and closing files without notifying complainants.

Officer Zach Coady's behaviour was a product of underlying and undiagnosed depression, anxiety and ADHD, his lawyer T.J. Burke told the hearing in March.

Coady, 28, originally denied the charges of discreditable conduct, neglect of duty and engaging in deceit in November of last year but admitted to them at the hearing, which is adjourned.

It's scheduled to continue June 24-28 and July 18-19.

Meanwhile, another former Fredericton officer who was fired after allegedly stealing $20 worth of cosmetics lost her bid to have the Supreme Court of Canada review her case.

Cherie Campbell's application for leave to appeal was dismissed with costs on March 14. No reasons were given.

New chief coming aboard

Campbell was fired from the force in January 2016 following a disciplinary hearing with the New Brunswick Police Commission.

A new chief is scheduled to take over next month when Chief Leanne Fitch retires.

Roger Brown, the former commanding officer with the New Brunswick RCMP,was appointed to a three-year renewable term.