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Friday December 19th, 2014

Posted at 1:52pm

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A senior Windsor Police constable has been fired after being found guilty of not declaring alcohol while crossing the border in 2010.

In a decision handed down by a 3-year-long police act hearing, Constable Dorothy Nesbeth was found guilty of deceit, by knowingly making or signing a false statement, and discreditable conduct, by failing to report the importation of all goods when entering Canada from the United States.

“It is was observed that Constable Nesbeth had rolled the dice in an attempt to evade paying duty and taxes on many of the purchases she and her mother had made while in the United States,” wrote hearing officer Robert J. Fitches in the decision. “During the investigation and the hearing, she was playing a game of semantics around the precise wording of questions posed by the investigators and the prosecutor; thereby attempting to evade responsibility for her conduct while at the border.”

Defense lawyer Patrick Ducharme argued that dismissal from Windsor Police was unnecessarily harsh for a first time offender.

Ultimately Fitches made the decision to dismiss Nesbeth from Windsor Police.

“Given her repeated efforts to mislead the service and this tribunal, Constable Nesbeth has demonstrated that she is not trustworthy,” he wrote. “The public must be assured that police officers are trustworthy. The only effective way to reassure the public in relation to this officer in these matters is to dismiss her from the police service.”

Nesbeth had been suspended with pay since the incident.

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