Credits: CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN
Const. Jared Ruecker was exonerated at a disciplinary hearing Tuesday.
Following the decision, Edmonton Police Association spokesman Tony Simioni said although a huge relief, the process has dragged Ruecker's name and reputation through the mud.
"An officer's reputation has suffered because of this," he said.
"It's ironic that the constable's name was publicly reported and now the complainant, who has been proven unreliable, has to have her name withheld."
Simioni said the city's police service needs to further examine their disciplinary policy.
In 2010 and 2011, 22 cases were sent to public disciplinary hearings, compared to just one in the rest of the province during the same time period.
"Our officers are held to an exceptionally high standard compared to the rest of the province and even the country. And while it is intended to have a positive impact on public opinion, ironically, I think it often has the opposite effect," he said.
The allegations against Const. Ruecker stem from the arrest of a woman in late 2011, Simioni said.
He said he can't speak directly for those leading the investigation, but noted that reasoning behind the decision centered largely around the credibility of the complainant.