RCMP officer charged with breach of trust

Officer allegedly accessed sensitive, private images from surveillance video taken in cell block

An RCMP officer has been suspended with pay and is facing criminal charges after he allegedly printed out a still image of a female prisoner from surveillance video recorded in the cell block area of the Buffalo Narrows Detachment.

According to a press release, on Oct. two Dillon RCMP members came across information indicating that the officer, while on duty, had “improperly accessed sensitive, private images from a surveillance video recording.” The officers immediately reported their findings to their supervisor.

The Prince Albert RCMP General Investigation Section conducted a criminal investigation and determined that at least one still image had been copied and printed from the video.

On Nov. 6, Const. Wade Chitrena of the Dillon RCMP was charged with one count of Breach of Trust under section 122 of the Criminal Code. He is due in court on Jan. 16, 2019, in Dillon.

If convicted Chitrena, a nine-year veteran of the RCMP, could face a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Chitrena has been suspended with pay. An RCMP code of conduct investigation has been ordered.

The adult woman who was the subject of the images has been advised.