Disgraced Dunedin police officer resigns

A Dunedin police officer who conducted a two and a half year campaign of harassment against a businessman has resigned.

It sounds like he jumped before he was pushed out.

ODT: Officer leaves in disgrace

Jeremy Buis was found guilty of criminal harassment, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and intentional damage after a judge-alone trial in March.

Buis waged a two-and-a-half-year harassment campaign against Dunedin businessman Danny Pryde after a parking complaint led to the police officer being ticketed.

The officer was suspended from his role in February 2015 and remained on paid leave until earlier this month.

Suspended on full pay for two and a half years. That also seems disgraceful. The police have to go through processes, but that long on full pay grates.

However, Southern district police confirmed on Wednesday Buis had ”tendered his resignation earlier this month”.

”It was accepted,” Southern district commander Superintendent Paul Basham said.

”This resignation came prior to an agreed meeting with myself, scheduled for this Friday, regarding the outcome of the employment investigation.

It sounds like Buis resigned before he was sacked. He had to be sacked.

”As Buis no longer works for police, I am now in a position to be able to comment on his conduct, which has been a matter of public interest for some time now.

”The actions of Buis were disgraceful.

”This behaviour does not reflect on the actions of other staff in the Southern policing district.”

After an unsuccessful police investigation Pryde ended up getting evidence that proved Buis was the person responsible for the harassment.

Mr Pryde said it had been ”a living hell” and he believed he was going to be killed during the ongoing harassment.

It was awful over a long period of time for him and his family.

Supt Basham said Southern police wanted the trust and confidence of the public.

The majority of staff worked ”hard every day to provide a quality service to members of the public”.

”We understand the actions of one officer can impact on the reputation of the whole organisation,” he said.

”For that reason, these types of matters are always investigated impartially to the highest standard, with a view to holding staff accountable if they have committed a criminal offence or not acted in accordance with our values.

We hope that’s the case but it can be awkward when the police investigate one of their own.

 

4 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 24, 2017

    Extraordinary that he is not in jail and survived on the payroll for so long.

  2. Brown

     /  August 24, 2017

    At least the mongrel’so name is out there.

  3. Bill

     /  August 24, 2017

    Great to see Buis resign, Danny Pryde is a decent hard working guy that’s had his life derailed for a long time now.

    When you see the lengths Buis went to over a argument involving a parking incident, you can only imagine how he conducted himself carrying out his duties as a Police officer.