A 44 year-old male, who is also an eleven-year member of the Regina Police Service, is facing criminal charges as well as an administrative review, following an investigation into the theft of a credit card (gift card), alleged to have occurred sometime between September 2010 and November, 2012. This notice is being issued in accordance with past practice of the Regina Police Service, consistent with the Service’s commitment to public accountability. It is alleged the theft of credit card occurred while the officer was on duty.
In September 2010, the Regina Police Service investigated a fraud case in which three males were charged. In the course of this investigation, persons were searched as well as a search warrant executed on a hotel room. Several items were seized including offence-related property, electronics and cash. In June, 2013, it was discovered that a gift card, redeemable at a local retailer, which was seized in the September 2010 searches, had been used. The Regina Police Service began a criminal investigation into this activity, which led to an allegation against a Police Service member. As a result, a 44 year-old male was arrested on July 18, 2013, by the Regina Police Service and faces a number of charges. This individual is an eleven-year member of the Regina Police Service. These events also led to an investigation of this individual by the Regina Police Service Professional Standards section under The Police Act, 1990.
Forty-four year-old Darryl G. BLAMPIED, DOB: 1968-11-20, of Regina, is charged with Theft of Credit Card [342(1)(a) CC]; Possession and Use of a Stolen Credit Card [342(1)(c) CC]; Theft Under $5,000 [334(b) CC] and two charges of Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000 [355(b) CC].
BLAMPIED was released on a recognizance and will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on September 9, 2013. These proceedings are open to the public, as any matters before the courts would be.
With respect to the administrative process, Darryl G. BLAMPIED has been relieved from duty (suspended), with pay, for up to 30 days, in accordance with section 53(1) of The Police Act, 1990. During that period, there will be a hearing under The Police Act, 1990 to determine whether the officer returns to duty; the relief from duty with pay continues until the criminal charges are dealt with and concluded; or the member is dismissed by the Chief of Police prior to the disposition of the criminal case. In ordering the member relieved from duty, Chief Troy Hagen stated that the relief from duty is necessary to maintain public confidence in the Regina Police Service. Chief Hagen has committed to advising the public of the outcome of this administrative process.
Chief Hagen will be available for comment at Regina Police Headquarters at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013.