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Victoria's police chief disciplined for improperly storing his firearm

Feb 23 2012
Victoria’s police chief has been disciplined for improperly storing his firearm in his police cruiser, which he did just before a press conference Friday in which he admitted the department had misplaced a cache of riot gear including a Remington shotgun. 

Victoria’s police chief has been disciplined for improperly storing his firearm in his police cruiser, which he did just before a press conference Friday in which he admitted the department had misplaced a cache of riot gear including a Remington shotgun.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, timescolonist.com

Victoria’s police chief has been disciplined for improperly storing his firearm in his police cruiser, which he did just before a press conference Friday in which he admitted the department had misplaced a cache of riot gear including a Remington shotgun.

Jamie Graham admitted Wednesday that he left his service pistol holstered under the seat of his unmarked car, parked in the department’s secure underground parkade, while he spoke to the media about the “unacceptable” disappearance of equipment from the crowd management unit.

Graham said in a statement that he ordered a thorough search of the department’s buildings and cars in an attempt to find the tear gas, pepper balls and shotgun.

Instead, detectives found the chief’s pistol stored under the rear of his car, which is contrary to department policy that firearms stored at headquarters “must be unloaded, placed inside a locking drawer within a locked locker, and not be left unattended.”

An investigation by the department’s deputy chiefs, John Ducker and Del Manak was forwarded to the chair of the police board, Mayor Dean Fortin, who issued Graham a written reprimand for neglect of duty.

“Just as I expect every member of this department to take full responsibility for their actions, I take responsibility for this incident and I accept the Discipline Authority’s findings,” Graham said. “The last thing I want is for this inadvertent mistake to cast a shadow over the hard work that the men and women of VicPD do every day.”

“This is Graham’s second misconduct finding at Victoria police and fourth when including discipline while chief of Vancouver police.”

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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