2012-01-11 17:00 PST
I am Mike Sekela, the Chief Superintendent responsible for the Southeast District, which includes the Central Interior, Okanagan and Kootenay regions.
In my function, I report directly to the Commanding Officer of E-Division. I am here today to advise you of an investigation that involves the Merritt RCMP Detachment Commander.
On Friday January 6th, we became aware that S/Sgt Stuart SEIB stole and used drug exhibits.
I ordered a statutory investigation and an internal Code of Conduct investigation be initiated. I immediately deployed a team made up of senior experienced officers who worked through the weekend on these investigations. The investigations include an audit of all exhibits under the member's control.
S/Sgt Stuart SIEB was arrested yesterday. Today, he has been charged with Theft and additional charges are anticipated.
S/Sgt. Sieb has been suspended and his privileges and access to RCMP facilities have been revoked*.
I have briefed the E Division Commanding Officer and I am providing updates as the investigation continues.
The process is underway to proceed with a recommendation that the member be suspended without pay. The Commanding Officer has demanded this no later than Friday.
I understand that news like this is very concerning. As the Officer in charge of all of the detachments in the South East District, these actions do not meet my expectations or those of the public.
My Senior Management Team met with community leaders in Merritt on Monday and advised them of the situation.
They also met with the employees at Merritt Detachment. I am very confident that they remain committed and dedicated to keeping their community safe.
While the alleged actions of this member are extremely troubling, they are clearly not representative of the high moral and ethical standards of the vast majority of the members of the RCMP.
Media can obtain video of news conference at : External link, opens in a new windowhttps://rcpt.yousendit.com/1338907858/4bb69ab9cd3e3e491cc67b10abbefe5a
* the badge and sidearm are also seized from suspended members