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VPD officer ordered dismissed but can ask for a review

BY , Jan 9, 2020 10:22 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:31 PM

A senior Vancouver police officer has been ordered dismissed from the force for discreditable conduct after an inappropriate relationship with a junior constable who died by suicide.

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner says in a statement the order was made against Sgt. Dave Van Patten but he can request a review of the decision.

It says Const. Nicole Chan killed herself last January and the police complaint commissioner ordered an investigation, which was conducted by the New Westminster police.

The statement says the investigation revealed Van Patten was in an inappropriate relationship with Chan while also serving as a human resources officer for the Vancouver police.

Last week, it says the discipline authority, Chief Officer Dave Jones of the Transit Police, rendered a decision concluding that three allegations of discreditable conduct were substantiated.

It adds Jones imposed penalties including ordering Van Patten to be dismissed, but his service record won't reflect the dismissal while the commissioner's office waits to hear if he'll ask for a review.

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