Saint John police officer charged with falsifying police report

An officer with the Saint John Police Force has been charged in connection to providing a false report during an investigation.

In a release, the New Brunswick RCMP said it received a complaint from Public Prosecutions about the officer’s actions during an investigation on April 17 and 18 in Saint John.

The release did not say what the nature of the investigation was and the RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Sgt. David Kimball of Quispamsis, N.B. was charged with falsifying a police report, obstruction of justice by providing a false report and breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office.

The charges were laid in Saint John Provincial Court on Monday and a summons was issued to the accused to appear on Dec.

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The RCMP says the investigation is continuing.

Officer suspended with pay

In a release Monday afternoon, the Saint John Police Force said Kimball has been suspended with pay, “pursuant to the provisions under the New Brunswick Police Act.”

It said once criminal court proceedings conclude, a Police Act investigation will follow.

“Public trust and confidence are paramount; the Saint John Police Force is committed to serving the citizens of Saint John with integrity and respect,” said Chief Robert Bruce in the release.

“Saint John Police officers are expected to hold themselves to a high moral and professional standard, remaining undeterred in the good work we do.”

Jim Hennessey, the spokesperson for the Saint John Police Force, declined to say what the investigation on April 17 and 18 was about, saying that questions about the investigation should be directed to the RCMP.

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