Former Sudbury Police Cheif

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Oct 10, 2013 Former Greater Sudbury police chief Frank Elsner said he sees many parallels between the Sudbury force and B.C.’s second largest police department.  Elsner said both departments police urban centers where homelessness, mental illness and drugs are challenges that must be addressed with the help of social agencies.
Allegations surfaced in the media in December that Elsner had sent inappropriate Twitter messages and pictures to a colleague’s wife, who was herself an officer in a neighboring jurisdiction.

March 16, 2016 Elsner wants to block efforts to launch an external review into allegations he was having an affair with the wife of an officer under his command.. In documents filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court, Frank Elsner claims the province’s police complaint commissioner doesn’t have the authority to order a second, external review following the completion of a confidential internal probe. Frankie might need less help from lawyers and more help from the mental health social service agencies he praised.
Elsner says his career is over?  Just three months ago on Dec. 12, 2015 he was battling to keep his job, And he still is. To most other people, the saga in Sudbury is staggering. Elsner left Sudbury at the end of 2013 to lead the Victoria police force and has been in hot water ever since taking the dive. That shouldn’t be surprising because relocating when the water begins to boil seems to be par for the course in Sudbury. For example, three CAS Area Directors and three Police Chiefs (probably Liberals) all relocated within the last disparate years. By no means am I implying that Sudbury’s undertaker should resign or relocate. But the function of the Civilian police boards is to write the policies that direct police activity and the chief’s role is to implement those policies — or, in police and CA$ lingo, to “operationalize” those policies for citizens.
Elsner co-operated with the first investigation but only if the investigation and outcome remained secret and confidential. Elsner even admitted that the secret investigation was fundamentally flawed, yet he claims that he has taken responsibility and that in itself shows leadership on his part.However, during the first secret investigation Elsner (in his leadership role) inappropriately contacted two witnesses, but as strange as it sounds all that was dismissed as irrelevant. Since when is tampering with witnesses irrelevant? Elsner said that he “could never imagine that BC.s police complaint commissioner would commence a second investigation (review) when he had already accepted disciplined for his conduct”. Why not? Elsner already admitted that the investigation was fundamentally flawed. Then this month Elsner filed a public affidavit trying to shut down and silence BC’s police complaint commissioner’s (Lowe) review of that first flawed secret investigation. Manipulating what is confidential (investigation) and what is public (affidavit) is just one of many reason why Lowe should commence a review of the first investigation and then make that review public.
And I don’t think stepping aside with pay is really discipline at all.  A permanent resignation might make the grade plus GSPS and CAS reputations were tarnished long before these investigations. Joseph Hall said it best when he said “A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was”.

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