Officer charged after accessing video of woman in police cells

By Glenn Hicks
November 8, 2018 - 1:40pm Updated: November 10, 2018 - 3:04pm

An RCMP officer in Dillon has been suspended and faces a criminal charge of breach of trust after copying at least one image from video surveillance of a woman being held in the cell area at the Buffalo Narrows detachment.

The incident was discovered by fellow officers last month and an investigation found Cst. Wade Chitrena had inappropriately accessed what RCMP described as sensitive and private images of the woman. He then printed an image.

“Two members from within the Dillon detachment became aware that another RCMP member had inappropriately accessed the images from the surveillance video recording from the cell block,” Cpl. Rob King told paNOW. “We take these types of things very seriously and we regard it as a serious breach of trust.”

King was unable to disclose the nature of the image.

Cst. Chitrena has been an RCMP officer for nine years. He has been suspended with pay and a Code of Conduct investigation has been ordered.

According to an RCMP media release the woman whose image was copied has been informed of the incident.

The officer’s next court date is set for Jan.16 in Dillon.

Comments on this article have been closed as matters are before the courts.


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