Officer facing misconduct allegations resigns from police service

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A Niagara Regional Police Service member facing multiple allegations of misconduct under the Police Services Act has resigned from the Police Service effective July 7, 2017.

In September 2012, Constable Scott Heron was charged with criminal offences related to the illegal importation of goods into Canada and was subsequently suspended from duty.  A Chief’s Complaint investigation by the Professional Standards Unit into allegations of misconduct under the Police Services Act was initiated at that time. A Police Disciplinary Tribunal was later convened however the matter was deferred pending the outcome of criminal proceedings at the request of the Crown Attorney.

In September 2015, Heron was convicted of criminal offences related to the matter and in November 2015, he was sentenced to a period of incarceration. In accordance with the Police Services Act, Heron was suspended without pay at that time which continued until the time of his resignation.

Heron subsequently filed an appeal of his criminal convictions and sentence to the Ontario Court of Appeal. On June 1, 2017, Heron’s appeal was dismissed.

Following the conclusion of the criminal appeal process, the Police Disciplinary Tribunal was scheduled to reconvene however Heron tendered his resignation before that occurred.

On July 17, 2017, Hearing Officer Superintendent Stuart McDonald (O.P.P. / Retired) concluded disciplinary proceedings, noting that Heron’s resignation had resulted in the loss of jurisdiction to hear the allegations of misconduct as Heron was no longer employed as a police officer or subject to the disciplinary provisions of the Police Services Act.