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Oak Bay police settle human rights complaint

Mar 07 2012

Oak Bay police have settled with an officer who filed a human rights complaint alleging racial discrimination against the department.

Const. Davinder Dalep, an Indo-Canadian officer, withdrew his complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after coming to an agreement with the department, said Mayor Nils Jensen, who is also chairman of the police board, in a statement.

The details of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement and will not be made public, Jensen said.

Dalep said he could not comment.

Dalep, a 15-year veteran of the force, alleged he was passed over for promotions because of his ethnicity and said underqualified officers were promoted to senior ranks.

He was the second officer in the department to complain of discrimination.

In December, Oak Bay police settled with Const. Jennifer Gibbs, who alleged she was the victim of sexual discrimination and demeaning remarks.

The details of that settlement were also kept confidential.

“I’m happy to see them settled,” said Oak Bay police Chief Mark Fisher of the cases. “I think [Dalep and Gibbs are] part of the team. I think they always have been part of the team.”

The department has not changed any policies with regard to diversity training, Fisher said. He did not rule out future changes.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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