Brockville police officer pleads guilty

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – A city police officer has struck a plea deal relating to a charge involving prescription drugs.

Todd Bertrend pleaded guilty Friday in an Ottawa courtroom to a single count of unlawful possession of a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

He had originally been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Bertrend, a 27 year veteran with the force, has been suspended from duty with pay since he was charged on Jan. 10, in accordance with the Police Services Act.

He was arrested following a Brockville and Ottawa police joint investigation

Bertrend will be sentenced Aug. 14, 2017 in an Ottawa courtroom.

Depending on how the Crown elected to handle the indictment, the sentence can be anywhere from a maximum $1,000 fine and six months in jail to seven years in prison for the most serious cases.

As for any Police Services Act hearing, “we’re not there yet,” Brockville police Acting Staff Sgt. Tom Fournier told Brockville Newswatch. He said the Ottawa Police Service is handling that investigation and will decide whether PSA charges will be laid, which Fournier said “potentially” could happen.

Bertrend has been with the Brockville Police Service since 1990 and had been a staff sergeant and media relations officer until his suspension in January.

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