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Halton Regional Police Service Officer Pleads Guilty

Halton Regional Police Service Officer Pleads Guilty

On April 23, 2018, a member of the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) pled guilty to one count of Breach of Trust in relation to thefts from the Service’s evidence vault.

Sentencing has been put over until 9:00 a.m. on June 7, 2018, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton.

Staff Sergeant Brad Murray, a 16-year-member of the Service, was arrested on May 28, 2017 and charged with two counts of Breach of Trust, two counts of Theft Under, and one count of Obstruct Justice. These charges stemmed from an internal audit and a subsequent independent investigation into HRPS drug vault anomalies that occurred between August 2015 and April 2016. Upon his arrest, Murray was suspended, with pay, per the requirements of the Police Services Act, the only suspension currently allowed under the current Act.

Murray was investigated by the Toronto Police Service and prosecuted by a Crown from outside of this jurisdiction to ensure a fair and independent assessment of the evidence.

Staff Sergeant Murray still faces disciplinary procedures under the Police Services Act. It should be noted that the Police Services Act proceedings arise out of the same facts that underlie the criminal charges that were laid against Murray in 2017. One of the possible outcomes upon a finding of misconduct is Murray’s dismissal from the Halton Regional Police Service and termination of his employment.

Chief Stephen Tanner stated, “I am pleased to have learned that a guilty plea to the criminal charge of breach of trust was entered by Staff Sergeant Brad Murray in criminal court in Milton earlier today. This is just one step in the disciplinary process. Staff Sergeant Murray remains suspended under the Police Services Act of Ontario, and that suspension is with pay (the only suspension currently allowed under the Act).

Now that the criminal component has been concluded, we will proceed with the internal disciplinary process. One of the outcomes that is possible through the Police Services Act hearing process would be dismissal from the service and termination of employment”.


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