Victoria’s embattled police chief Frank Elsner was suspended Friday after B.C.’s Police Complaint Commissioner opened a new complaint probe
The investigation is looking into whether Frank Elsner attempted to influence witnesses and delete emails from police computers while already under investigation for sending inappropriate messages to a subordinate officer’s wife.
The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board met Monday to discuss the implications of both the External Investigation ordered by the Police Complaint Commissioner Friday and the order directing that Chief Elsner be suspended.
The Board said Elsner will continue to be paid as is dictated by the Police Act, saying that the investigations involve ‘allegations’ of misconduct and that none of the alleged charges have been substantiated.
Elsner was already on paid administrative leave, and the Board said the suspension with pay is essentially the same.
Elsner will not exercise powers as a chief constable and will not wear the uniform or use the equipment of the Victoria Police Department.
It said the Victoria Police Department has had an acting chief in place since December 18, 2015 who is fulfilling all the duties of the chief constable.
The Police board is also paying Elsner’s legal fees, and said it will “continue to review its obligations to Chief Elsner in respect to his salary and indemnification for his legal fees.”
The cost to the taxpayers will be made public once the investigations have concluded.