Ottawa police officer asked to resign or be fired

This morning, Ret. Deputy Chief Terence Kelly who was overseeing the Ontario Police Service Act charge against Ottawa Police Service Cst. Jeffrey Gulick rendered a decision requiring the officer to resign within seven days or face dismissal.

This decision followed a Police Services Act hearing where Cst. Gulick pled guilty to the charge of discreditable conduct on January 11, 2010. The Police Service Act charge stems from an investigation by the Professional Standards Section following an off-duty incident that occurred in May 2008.

Cst. Gulick was charged on May 23, 2008 under the Criminal Code of Canada with one count of mischief; four counts of assaulting a peace officer; two counts of uttering death threats; one count of escape lawful custody; and one count of possession of weapon dangerous to public peace. He was convicted of all criminal code charges except for three counts of assaulting a peace officer in February 2009.

Chief Vern White sought the dismissal of Cst. Gulick from the Ottawa Police Service given the seriousness of the criminal charges and the breach of public trust and confidence.

Cst. Gulick, who has been suspended from duty with pay since May 23, 2008, has the right to appeal the decision, within 30 days, to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).

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