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NOTICE TO ATTEND A HEARING

Pursuant to Part V of the Police ServicesAct,


R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.15, as amended.
TO:

Police Constable Beth Richardson #963


Durham Regional Police Service

1. YOU ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED MISCONDUCT IN THAT YOU, on January 12th2016,
while on duty, removed a kitten from a residence without the owners' knowledge or consent, thereby
committing the offence of Discreditable Conduct, contrary to Part V, clause 80(1)(a) of the Police Services
Act (the "Act") as amended and clause 2(1)(a)(xi) of the Schedule "Code of Conduct", O.Reg. 268/10, as
amended under the Act.
STA'.l'EMENT OF PARTICULARS:
On January 12th2016, Constable Beth Richardson was dispatched as a back-up officer to attend
in Oshawa to check the wellbeing of a female who had been using drugs for several days.
While in this residence, Cst. Richardson observed a kitten cowering under a table, and believing that it was
not being properly cared for, removed the kitten without the owner's knowledge or consent.
Cst. Richardson did. not advise her supervisor or any other officers that she had taken the cat from the owners
nor did she document her actions.
Cst. Richardson had the kitten taken to a veterinarian for a medical checkup where it was medically cleared.
The owners of the kitten called the Communications Center and demanded the return of their kitten and
wanted Cst. Richardson charged with Theft after alleging the theft of their kitten was caught on tape.
The kitten was returned to the owner who opted not to lay criminal charges.

TIDS IS THEREFORE TO COMMAND YOU TO APPEAR BEFORE HEARING OFFICER


INSPECTOR NICK LISI
On Thursday May 5th2016 at 9:30 am to the Durham Reporting and Mediation Services, located at 12 Stanley

Court, ~tario.

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Chief of Police Paul Martin #818


Durham Regional Police Service

DRP 1011 (Chiefs Complaint) rev. 02/11

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NOTICE
You are hereby on notice, in accordance with subsection 85(1) of the Act; the penalty of demotion might be
imposed if misconduct is proved on clear and convincing evidence.

NOTICE
In compliance with subsection 83(5) of the Act, you may examine any physical or documentary evidence that
will be produced or any report whose contents will be given in evidence ..

NOTICE
This hearing is held pursuant to the Act and the Statutory Powers Procedures Act. The Statutory Powers
Procedures Act provides if any party notified does not attend at the hearing, the tribunal may proceed in their
absence and they will not be entitled to any further notice of the proceedings.

I certify a true copy of this Notice of Hearing was served on the named Officer
This

day of

, 2016

Serving Officer's Signature


Name:

Rank:

Regimental #:

I acknowledge receipt of a true copy of this Notice of Hearing.

Primary Officer's Signature

DRP 1011 (Chiefs Complaint) rev. 02/11

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC PROCEEDING


Pursuant to Section 9 of the Statutory PowersProcedureAct,
R.S.O. 1990, Chapter S. 22, as amended.

TO:

Police Constable Beth Richardson #963

RE:

Police ServicesAct Hearing # 16-01-CC002

You are hereby given notice, in accordance with section 9 of the Statutory Powers Procedures Act and any
other applicable laws in this regard, once this Police Services Act proceeding has begun it is a matter of
public record.
Should any member of the public make an inquiry with Durham Regional Police Service concerning this
matter, the following information will be disclosed to them unless an order to hold the hearing in camera has
been made:
1.
2.
3.

The name of the primary officer,


The date, time and location of the hearing, and
The allegation made against the officer under the Police Services Act.

I certify a true copy of this Notice was served on the Primary Officer.
This

day of

, 2016

Serving Officer's Signature


Name:

Rank:

Regimental #:

DRP 1011 (Chiefs Complaint) rev. 02/11

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ORDER TO CONDUCT A HEARING


Pursuant to Part V of the Police ServicesAct,
R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.15, as amended.
WHEREAS subsection 76(9) of the Police Services Act (the "Act") provides the Chief of Police
may hold a hearing to determine whether a police officer is guilty of misconduct;

TO:

Inspector Nick LISI

It is alleged Police Constable Beth Richardson #963, on January 12th2016, while on duty, removed a
kitten from a residence without the owners' knowledge or consent, thereby committing the offence of
Discreditable Conduct, contrary to Part V, clause SO(l)(a) of the Police Services Act (the "Acf') as amended
and clause 2(1)(a)(xi) of the Schedule "Code of Conduct", O.Reg. 268/10, as amended under the Act.

YOU ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED


To conduct a Hearing into this matter under the provisions of Part V, subsection 94(1) of the Act.

Mr. Ian Johnstone and Mr. Alex Sinclair, of Johnstone & Cowling, L.L.P., are hereby designated as
Prosecutors for this Hearing, pursuant to subsection 82( 1) of the Act.

Dated this day of April, 2016

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Chief of Police Paul Martin


Durham Regional Police Service

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