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Vernon RCMP officer accused of misconduct

April 08, 2021 - 11:30 AM

A Vernon RCMP officer is facing multiple allegations he breached the national police force's code of conduct and is set for an internal hearing.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Greg Ternan has been accused of six contraventions of the RCMP code of conduct and is scheduled for a conduct hearing, June 21.

The precise details of the allegations have not been released but the RCMP's Conduct Board website shows Const. Ternan is alleged to have breached two sections.

According to the RCMP website, four of the allegations relate to this section of the code: "Members are diligent in the performance of their duties and the carrying out of their responsibilities, including taking appropriate action to aid any person who is exposed to potential, imminent or actual danger."

The remaining allegations relate to this section: "Members provide complete, accurate and timely accounts pertaining to the carrying out of their responsibilities, the performance of their duties, the conduct of investigations, the actions of other employees and the operation and administration of the Force."

An RCMP conduct hearing is a formal, court-like process open to the public, and held in front of a board that has the legal authority to mandate conduct measures including dismissal.

Const. Ternan is the second Okanagan officer currently waiting for a conduct hearing.

Kelowna RCMP Const. Chad Vance has a hearing scheduled April 19, facing seven allegations of breaching the code of conduct.

In February, Const. Vance was found not guilty of sexual assault at the Kelowna courthouse.

The RCMP website says public trust is essential for the RCMP to effectively serve and protect Canadians.

"As a result, RCMP employees must conduct themselves in a manner that not only meets, but exceeds, the rightfully high expectations of Canadians."

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP refused to comment saying information related to employee conduct is the responsibility of RCMP 'E' Division Communications. E Division Communications did not respond to a request for comment.

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