Chatham-Kent Officer Pleads Guilty to Police Service Act Charges

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A Chatham-Kent police officer has plead guilty to one count of neglect of duty and three counts of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

According to a release Thursday, Constable Darcy Lunn plead guilty to the charges that stem from alleged off-duty conduct that started back in 2009, but wasn't reported until 2019. Chatham-Kent Police Service says the OPP then launched an investigation that resulted in criminal charges.

Lunn plead guilty to assault and uttering threats, which resulted in a suspended sentence and three years probation back in May of this year, according to police.

Chatham-Kent Police Service Professional Standards Branch then conducted a Police Service Act Investigation.

Police say that inquiry resulted in multiple charges including neglect of duty after it was found Lunn brought his service issued firearm home without permission from the chief of police in 2009-10.

Lunn was also charged with discreditable conduct when police allege he brought his service weapon home without proper paperwork during the same period — he also allegedly threatened to strike his wife and push her against the wall, called her at work, and threatened to harm her in 2015.

Hearing Officer Terence Kelly ruled Lunn would be demoted from a first-class constable to fourth class for six months, a third-class constable for six months and a second-class constable for six month.

In a statement, Kelly says, "the conduct of Constable Lunn in these matters is completely at variance with the standards expected of members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service ... If not for the guilty plea; the officer's recognition of his misconduct; and his desire to rehabilitate his reputation with management, I would consider a greater penalty."
 
Chief Gary Conn says, "this is certainly an unfortunate and disturbing set of circumstances surrounding Constable Lunn. Any police officer is expected to uphold higher standards of conduct ... The public is entitled to have this higher expectation of its police officers and as a result, it must be maintained in order to assure public trust and confidence."

He goes on to say he respects, "the Hearing Officer's decision and penalty imposed given that he is the trier-of-fact, having to take into consideration and weigh all the aggravating and mitigating factors associated to this matter. Consequently, we have and will continue to hold our members responsible for their actions." 
 
Constable Lunn has been reinstated from suspension and assigned to the Community Patrol Branch.