Canada
Cop demoted for inappropriate actions in cruiser

Credits: QMI AGENCY

TONY SPEARS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - An on-duty Ottawa cop who "engaged in inappropriate personal interaction with an acquaintance" in a marked cruiser "parked in a secluded area" was demoted for four months this week.

Const. Michael Bond also used a police database to vet a potential daycare provider for his child, according to a sentencing decision released Wednesday.

Bond had pleaded guilty to one count each of discreditable conduct and insubordination under the Police Services Act.

Bond's sentencing was based on an agreed statement of facts, which wasn't published with the sentencing.

Police have agreed to provide the document, but wasn't turned over by late Saturday afternoon.

The discreditable conduct charge says only that Bond "while on duty, in a marked cruiser parked in a secluded area ... engaged in inappropriate personal interaction with an acquaintance."

"Const. Bond's action of inviting a civilian into his marked cruiser and then having inappropriate contact with that person will not be tolerated," the decision says.

"His actions rendered him unavailable to respond to calls for service."

The insubordination charge said Bond "accessed the CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre) system to research a potential daycare provider for his child."

"CPIC is private and confidential and only available to an officer in relation to their duties," the decision says.

The decision noted he pleaded guilty "at the first opportunity."

"By accepting responsibility and taking additional steps to receive counselling Constable Bond has acknowledged his error in judgment," the decision says.

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