Statement from Chief Fitch on Smiley Case

The following statement, to be attributed to Chief Leanne Fitch, is in relation to inquiries regarding the Judicial Review of Cst. Jeff Smiley's termination case.

"The New Brunswick Police Commission has carriage of this file. In terms of the judicial review, we have meetings planned for this week to discuss next steps and the possibility of appeal. 

On behalf of the Fredericton Police Force, I appreciate the patience of our community as we continue to work through this matter. We understand that circumstances can be difficult for the public and our officers. We remain committed to serving our community and we fully appreciate that upholding trust and confidence within the city and within the department is paramount.  

As this matter currently resides with external legal counsel, further inquires are best directed to the New Brunswick Police Commission.”