Public hearing for Saanich police officer in May

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner will hold a public hearing in May into allegations of professional misconduct

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner will hold a public hearing in May into allegations of professional misconduct against Saanich police Const. David Smit.

The date of the public hearing has been set for May 14-17 and May 22 at 947 Fort St.

The public hearing stems from a suspension Smit received following an incident in May 2011 after the officer allegedly made an improper arrest, and then lied to his superiors about the arrest.

A Saanich police investigation in 2012 proved the deceit and abuse of authority allegations, and Const. Smit was suspended without pay for seven days, and his rank was to be demoted to third-class constable.

Smit contacted the police complaint commissioner in January requesting the hearing.

kslavin@saanichnews.com