City of Bathurst won't challenge arbitration ruling for two officers

Bathurst Police, New Brunswick

The City of Bathurst says it will not seek a Judicial Review in the arbitration process regarding the two officers involved in the death of Michel Vienneau.

Arbitrator Joël Michaud ruled on Christmas Eve that Patrick Bulger and Mathieu Boudreau will keep their jobs as they had not contravened the code of conduct under the Police Act.

Each had been facing five counts of code of conduct violations in relation to the death of the 51-year-old Tracadie businessman in January 2015 at the Bathurst train station.

In a statement, the city says the officers will begin their reintegration process on Monday.

That will involve internal administrative and operational elements, as well as external recertification components.

Mayor Paolo Fongemie says, "Following the decision on December 24th, 2019, it was important for us to take the necessary time to carefully analyze the decision before making any statement. We recognize the arduous work done during this process and the decision rendered by the Arbitrator, through a public and transparent process, and we accept the decision."