Update on Issues Related to the Chief Constable of the Victoria Police Department

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board is providing the following update on issues related to the Chief Constable of the Victoria Police Department. 

Chief Constable Frank Elsner has admitted he acted inappropriately during a social media exchange in June of 2015.  An investigation was conducted by the Discipline Authority.  The investigation was based on the requirements and the authority laid out in section 175 of the Police Act.  The Board  looked to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner (OPCC) for advice and based on the information that was provided to them, they were fine with us proceeding with an internal investigation.   

With respect to the Chief Constable, the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board is considering a number of options, all of which will be determined based on further input from the OPCC, further input from the Chief Constable, the advice of legal counsel, the requirements of the Police Act,  new and emerging information, and what is best for our communities.  With respect to the Chief’s leadership of the department, the Board is committed to making a timely decision on this important issue.  The Board is equally committed to ensuring all members of the Victoria Police Department are treated fairly and accorded due process. 

The Victoria City Police Union (VCPU) has recently issued a statement outlining their position regarding the Chief Constable and the way in which the investigation was conducted. The Board understands that some people may be dissatisfied with the process or the outcome of the discipline process.  However, it must be emphasized that the investigative process that was followed was based on: 

The requirements and the Authority set out in the Police Act.

Advice received from the OPCC.

Advice received from legal counsel.

The Board also recognizes there are other issues within the police department that cause friction and should be addressed.  The Board is committed to working with the  VCPU as well as others within the department to identify and resolve concerns, to continue to provide citizens with high quality police services.

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Note to Editors: The Co-Chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board will be available today, December 11, 2015, at 11am in the Community/Media Room at the Victoria Police Department, 850 Caledonia Avenue, to respond to questions from the media. 

For further information contact: 

Mayor Barb Desjardins

250-883-1944 

Mayor Lisa Helps

250-661-2708