Thursday , September 29 2022

Chief police force Niagara is eager to get answers about shooting


He may be the highest copper, but Niagara Regional Chief Officer, Bryan MacCulloch, said he did not know more than the public about why he was one of the officers shot in the afternoon Another last Thursday in Pelham.

"I understand the frustration of the public, and of my members. I am so eager for anyone to learn exactly what happened," MacCulloch said in an interview on Monday. "But at the moment, we are not involved in the investigation."

Provincial Special Research Unit looks at Const shooting. Nathan Parker, who said police sources said, was shot at least five times during a change with another officer investigating an accident that happened two weeks earlier.

The SIU – who investigates all incidents of serious injury or death related to the police in Ontario – gives a virtual virtual impairment of information when conducting an investigation. The service in question can not talk about the incident.

MacCulloch has spoken to Parker and Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan, the other officer in question. He said the incident had steered all the police service and left civil and uniform members with more questions than answers.

That process also includes the Provincial Police of Ontario, who asked MacCulloch to conduct a parallel investigation to the shoot.

He said that he asked the OPP to bring a "fresh set of eyes" to the case, because a police service can expand an investigation beyond the narrower scope of the AS auditor.

Meanwhile, MacCulloch said that an internal NRP "welfare unit" – which includes occupational health and safety nurse and access to mental health services – assists officers and staff who are affected by the incident.

"It's causing concern to the community and it is distressing our service members," says the head.

Parker, who is staying in hospital in a stable state, was shot at the scene and the subsequent investigation for a cause of impairment.

Donovan is on administrative leave during the UCC inquiry.

The UDU said he was questioning 12 witness officers, but MacCulloch said the term was misleading. A witness officer is not necessarily someone who saw the shoot, he says.

"That can be any response officer who had contacted the subject officers."

MacCulloch did not immediately know how many officers were given to the cause of impairment on the last Thursday, or what the status of that investigation was.

Although the public and police are waiting for answers about the incident, another question has arisen – why is Parker still a police officer?

Parker has a history of disciplinary problems with the NRP, often for violence. It was earmarked almost 300 hours in full after being found guilty of a cross in at least four disciplinary hearings.

MacCulloch, who repeated that he could not discuss the causes of individual officers, said he understood the frustration of the public when a police officer was going to have trouble but it was not thrown away.

However, unlike movies, MacCulloch said that the chief police officer is not just an officer's fire. Disciplinary action, including termination, is determined by the Police Services Act.

"The Police Services Act is a complete discipline code and we must follow it," he says, stating that Section 5 of the Act frames all hearings and disciplinary actions.

MacCulloch said that the disciplinary process has evolved into a fake room where defense lawyers do the same type of arguments they make in legal court. As a result, the process is longer and more complicated.

The previous Liberal government would change the deed and replace disciplinary hearing officers – senior officials at present – with retired judges.

The current Current Conservative government gives those changes during the summer.

McCulloch would not guess how those changes could affect the problem-maker's officers, but he said that retired judges could be better for steering complex legal debates during a hearing.

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