A Regina Police Service constable,who recently received an absolute discharge on an assault charge and whose additional charges were stayed by the Crown, will be returning to active duty with the Service. Constable Darcy Allan Dreaver returned to active duty on Sunday, December 15th and, now that the criminal matters have been concluded, Dreaver has accepted the consequences of an administrative review under The Police Act, 1990.
The news release issued by the Regina Police Service about the original incident can be found at http://www.reginapolice.ca/2012/12/police-member-charged-assault-mischief-uttering-threats/.
The following summary indicates the outcomes of two processes: the Criminal Code charges and the Police Act (administrative) review.
Relief From Duty With Pay (administrative) – On December 3, 2012, Cst. Dreaver was placed on paid administrative leave as per section 53 of The Police Act, 1990. The order of relief from duty was continued by the Hearing Officer on December 18, 2012. The Police Act matters were then held in abeyance until the conclusion of the Criminal Code charges in court.
Criminal Proceedings – Cst. Dreaver made his first court appearance in Provincial Court on December 27, 2012. The court process led to Dreaver pleading guilty to common assault as a condition of acceptance in a Domestic Violence Program. Cst. Dreaver completed required programs through the Domestic Violence Program, as well as voluntarily completing additional programming. The criminal matters were concluded on November 14, 2013 when Cst. Dreaver received an absolute discharge to the assault charge and the remaining charges were stayed by the Crown.
Police Act/Municipal Police Discipline Regulations (administrative) – The Chief of Police and Cst. Dreaver have agreed to a statement of facts and administrative consequences pursuant to The Municipal Police Discipline Regulations, 1991, upon Dreaver’s plea of guilty to discreditable conduct under clause 36(a)(v) of The Municipal Police Discipline Regulations, 1991. A decision was received On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from the Hearing Officer confirming the following consequences:
- That Cst. Dreaver be returned to active service;
- That he be reprimanded for his misconduct;
- That he be placed on (employment) probation for two years and that, during this time, he will not be eligible to compete for promotion or be eligible for superior duties, or assignment as a training officer or application for other job postings or transfers except as approved by the Chief;
- That he be suspended without pay for 200 hours;
- That he abstain from consumption of alcohol during the period of probation and participate in an alcohol addiction assessment in 2014, with results provided to the Chief of Police.
The Regina Police Service is committed to providing quality policing service to the citizens of the municipality of the City of Regina. The Service takes its duty to public service very seriously and has a long-standing practice of informing the public through a written advisory whenever a Regina Police Service member is charged with a criminal offence. Incidents in which a police officer is charged with a criminal offence are rare, fortunately, but in demonstration of the value placed on public trust and co-operation, the Regina Police Service pledges to continue this commitment to public accountability and transparency.