Officer reprimanded for using sirens to get kids to school on time

Cop misuses sirens for kids

A Victoria police officer has been reprimanded for belting her two young children together in the front seat of a police van, and throwing on the emergency lights and sirens to get them to school — all while neglecting an active investigation.

That was just one of 79 misconduct investigations that B.C.'s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner launched against municipal officers last year.

CTV News reports those 79 "substantiated allegations" represent a 65 per cent spike in investigations from the year prior, ranging in seriousness from sexual harassment to going "Code 3" to get the kids to school on time.

The officer was also given a violation ticket for improperly securing her two children with a single seatbelt.

"The officer’s actions in activating the police vehicle emergency lights and siren caused several motorists to pull over to the side of the road," according to the OPCC report.

However, the officer was already "in the process of retiring and therefore there was little likelihood of this behaviour being repeated," the report concluded.

A full report into the 2018 investigations, released Tuesday, details each of the 79 cases that were ordered investigated from a total of 1,326 misconduct allegations between April 2018 and March 2019.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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