Former city police Const. Timothy McPhee resigned from the Brantford Police Service on Thursday following an unsuccessful appeal of a sentence of dismissal from the service, according to a media release issued by Brantford police.
The penalty of dismissal was handed down in October last year after a disciplinary hearing held under the provincial Police Services Act. McPhee was found guilty of three counts of insubordination and two counts of discreditable conduct under the act.
The charges related to improper use of police information databases and a work e-mail account between August 2008 and April 2010.
The Ontario Civilian Police Commission posted a notice of its decision on its website on Aug. 3, which indicated McPhee’s appeal of the sentence had been rejected by the agency.
Brantford Police Service Chief Jeff Kellner said the service agrees with the sentence and commission’s rejection of McPhee’s appeal.
“We respect and agree with the original decision of Supt. (Neale) Tweedy and the OCPC tribunal, who heard the appeal in this open and transparent disciplinary matter,” Kellner said in the media release. “The dedicated men and women of the Brantford Police Service will continue to display the highest possible degree of personal and professional integrity in the performance of their duties in order to hold our community’s trust and confidence.”
In June 2010, McPhee was suspended from duty with pay as a result of alleged misconduct while on duty. Following the hearing, McPhee was sentenced to the penalty of dismissal from the Brantford Police Service within seven days, unless he resigned from the service before that time. McPhee then filed an appeal of the penalty to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.