A Kimberley RCMP member has been charged following an investigation into an alleged mishandling of an exhibit and theft.
According to an RCMP press release, in October 2016, an investigation was launched to determine the circumstances around the seizure of a firearm. The findings of a comprehensive investigation were forwarded to Crown Counsel for their assessment of criminal charges. Cst. Curtis Rasmussen has been charged with breach of trust, theft, possessing a firearm without a registration certificate, and possessing a firearm obtained by commission of an offence.
“Maintaining public trust is one of the key components of policing,” said C/Supt. Brad Haugli, Southeast District Commander in a press release. “When an officer is accused of actions that are counter to our expectations, policies and procedures and could harm the public’s trust and confidence in the police we, as an organization, take the allegations very seriously”.
In addition to this criminal investigation, Cst. Rasmussen is also facing an RCMP internal Code of Conduct investigation. Cst. Rasmussen is currently suspended with pay and his duty status will be subject to ongoing reviews. Cst. Rasmussen will be appearing in Cranbrook Provincial Court on March 27, 2017.