Nicole Chan was struggling with anxiety and depression
A Vancouver Police constable has committed suicide after filing a complaint about two senior officers
Global News reports that Vancouver Police constable Nicole Chan committed suicide after she filed a complaint against two senior officers.
Chan had worked for the Vancouver Police Department for nine years when she took her own life in January.
Her sister Jenn Chan said Nicole was struggling with anxiety and depression in 2017 when she made the complaint. Chan had filed a report about inappropriate relationships with two senior officers.
Chan was put on stress leave for a second time and an internal investigation was launched against the officers.
“I believe that she felt pressured into it and she was not in a good mental state to basically tell them no,” Jenn Chan said. “She felt like she couldn’t say no to them.”
In an email to Chan’s family, the police department said one senior officer engaged in “discreditable conduct” and received a 15-day suspension. Five days were given “for failing to disclose to his managers a relationship” and 10 days “for entering into a relationship with Nicole knowing that she was in a vulnerable state mentally and emotionally.”
Chan’s family were not happy with the result and wanted the first officer to be fired. “I thought it was a joke,” Jenn Chan said. “I didn’t even know how to react, really, when I heard about that. I was shocked.” The second member resigned.