Monday, January 12, 2015

From Saanich Police: MEDIA RELEASE: RESPONSE TO MAYOR ATWELL’S PRESS CONFERENCE

(I have posted this here because I do not see it on the Saanich Police website)

From Saanich Police:

MEDIA RELEASE: RESPONSE TO MAYOR ATWELL’S PRESS CONFERENCE

“I have been advised through the Media that Mayor Atwell held a press conference today. During that press conference he expressed several concerns regarding the conduct of the Saanich Police and their role in a criminal investigation regarding the interception of private communications of the Mayor. In response to inquiries from the media and requests for comment, I offer the following:

To date, Mayor Atwell has not informed me as to his concerns regarding harassment or information being leaked to the media regarding an incident that occurred on December 11, 2014. He did advise me of conderns that he had regarding software installed on his work computer at the Saanich Municipal Hall. that matter has been reviewed and Council will be advised of the outcome this evening.

If the Mayor has concerns about the conduct of any police officer, and, in particular any Saanich police officer, he should bring that complaint forward to me for a proper and thorough investigation or report those concerns directly to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
As we have not received any formal complaint from Mayor Atwell regarding the conduct of the Saanich Police or its officers, it is difficult to provide additional information, and as such, I will not be making any further statement at this time.”

Robert Downie
Chief Constable
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