Hamilton’s police chief does not want to see a repeat of the David Doel case.
Doel, who has been suspended with pay for four years, announced his retirement this morning.
The Hamilton Police Inspector will retire on March 31, 2014, effectively ending his Police Service Act hearing because the Hamilton Police Service loses jurisdiction in the case.
Doel had faced 14 allegations, including having sex on duty, keeping porn on his police computer and using police surveillance equipment to spy on an alleged former lover.
His retirement and stay of proceedings, which will be made official in April, means the public will never hear the evidence against him.
Chief De Caire has issued a statement, saying that he has no choice but to accept a notice of retirement.
But De Caire goes on today that he does not accept the “ability within the Police Services Act to protract the process at the expense of the taxpayer.”
He says he will continue to pursue a “suspension without pay” penalty with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Doel, who declined to comment at today’s hearing, is 10 months shy of his full pension eligibility date.
Since being suspended with pay since 2009, Doel collected more than half-a-million dollars in salary, including over 138-thousand dollars last year.
Police Chief Glenn De Caire issued a statement:
The Hamilton Police Service works in support of public safety and is mindful of the public trust that is required in order to serve the citizens of Hamilton. We hold our members to a high standard in order to protect the public trust. When we have discipline matters, which are rare, members are held to account through the tribunal process laid out in statute – the Police Services Act. The procedures of the Act are mandatory and not discretionary.
In 2010, the Hamilton Police Service laid Police Services Act charges against Inspector David Doel. From the First Appearance which took place on February 18, 2010, as a Service, we argued vehemently for an open, public, Police Services Act Tribunal and we worked diligently to advance the issues in a transparent manner. Our position and commitment was, and remains, to provide evidence in an open, transparent and legal process.
When the Service was about to present the first witness in the Tribunal on November 26, 2013, Inspector Doel announced his desire to submit his notice of retirement.
As the Chief, I have no choice or option but to accept a notice of retirement. However, what I do not accept is the ability within the Police Services Act to protract the process at the expense of the taxpayer. I further do not accept that any member remain on the payroll when facing significant, serious discipline when the alleged behaviours that breach their oath of office are totally unrelated to the duties and functions of a police officer.
I will continue to advance the issues of the tribunal process and suspension without pay to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The members of the Hamilton Police Service will continue to provide excellence in public safety for our citizens.