Nova Scotia

Final report released on fired Stellarton police chief

The final report on the fired Stellarton police chief has been released by the Nova Scotia Police Review Board.

The final report on the fired Stellarton Police Chief has been released by the Nova Scotia Police Review Board.

The May 26 report found former Stellarton police chief Ambrose Heighton engaged in discreditable conduct contrary to police act regulations by writing an anonymous letter saying RCMP officers with the Pictou detachment had taken part in sex parties, among other activities.

This is the same finding as released in an interim report in January by the board.

He was fired in October 2008 after the RCMP officers named in the letter complained to the Stellarton police commission.

Heighton denied sending the letter to the province's Department of Justice.

The letter also alleged there was drug use among the detachment, a female RCMP officer had an affair with the wife of another officer, and that some officers stored or used their weapons improperly.

The officers mentioned in the letter were under the supervision of provincial Justice Minister Ross Landry, who at that time was the RCMP officer in charge of the detachment.

The Pictou detachment was made up of about 35 officers and Landry was in charge of it from 2005 until 2009. He was elected to the legislature in June 2009 and appointed justice minister shortly after.

Board commissioner Nadine Cooper said both sides in the case now have 30 days to ask for a judicial review.

Meanwhile, lawyers involved in the case will set a date for a hearing to determine whether the decision to fire Heighton as police chief was appropriate.

With files from The Canadian Press

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