By Doug Hempstead ,Ottawa Sun
An Ottawa cop has lost an appeal to keep his job.
The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) upheld the June 14, 2010 decision requiring Ottawa Police Constable Jeffrey Gulick to resign within seven days or face dismissal.
The ruling followed an appeal by the officer before OCPC on Feb. 9.
The hearing officer found "The extent of this misconduct was to such a degree that the suitability of Const. Gulick remaining a police officer in this police service has been nullified by his conduct in this case."
The OCPC decision followed a Police Services Act hearing where Gulick pleaded guilty to the charge of discreditable conduct on Jan. 11 which stems from an investigation by the Professional Standards Section following an off-duty incident that happened in May 2008.
Gulick was charged May 23, 2008 with mischief; four counts of assaulting a peace officer; two counts of uttering death threats; one count of escape lawful custody; and one count of possession of weapon dangerous to public peace.
He was convicted of all criminal code charges except for three counts of assaulting a peace officer.
Ottawa Police sought the dismissal of Gulick given the seriousness of the criminal charges and the breach of public trust and confidence.
"We accept the decision of OCPC and we believe it is the right decision," said Chief Vern White.
Gulick, who has been suspended from duty with pay since May 23, 2008, has the right to appeal the decision with the Ontario Divisional Court.