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Police officer convicted of Breach of Trust writes book about his time on the force

KAWARTHA LAKES-The title of the book comes from an old saying in policing. “You’re lower than whale shit” says police officer, turned convict, turned author Jeffrey Burke. “My first Commanding Officer told me that often.”

On April 10th 2018, Detective Constable Burke was charged with theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and breach of trust.

Police say he was caught stealing drugs from an evidence locker at the police station. On May 3rd, 2018 he was charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of breach of trust after new evidence was uncovered according to the police service.

On May 27th in a Lindsay courtroom he plead guilty to one count of Breach of Trust. All other charges were withdrawn.

Burke joined the Kawartha Lakes Police Service in 2005 after spending two years with Durham Regional Police. In his 14 years with Kawartha Lakes Police he has precided over some of the services most high profile cases. Burke was suffering from work related PTSD and says the Kawartha Lakes Police Service did not do enought to treat it.

Read the full story here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/05/27/police-officer-charged-in-theft-of-drugs-from-evidence-locker-says-not-enough-done-to-treat-his-ptsd/

Burke was sentenced to house arrest and is currently undergoing intensive drug and alcohol treatment in Ottawa.

Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/11/12/lindsay-police-officer-sentenced-to-house-arrest-after-pleading-guilty-to-breach-of-trust/

Technically he is still an employee of the KLPS although he hasn’t been paid in more than a year. He is still facing a police act hearing which will determine his fate. While he is hoping to keep his job Burke says he’s got to be prepared for the worst.  Writing is his plan B.

“It’s good therapy plus I’m decent at telling stories.” Burke told Kawartha 411. “I’ve got about half of the book written, the sample on iBooks is just the first three chapters and then I will charge a few bucks for the whole thing, I need a way to make money.”

The publisher describes the book like this:

“2003, I made the mistake of wanting to protect and serve my community. Training, law and order, tragedy, death and dismemberment and of course side splitting laughter. Every cop wants to tell his stories. These are mine. Welcome to the messed up world being damned by the “Thin Blue Line”

Burke says the book will address his brush with the law and his PTSD.

“I’m certainly not going to come off as complaining near the end but it might not end up being that flattering to my police service.”

Burke says he’s also considering a career that would utilize his investigative and his writing skills. “I’d actually love to become an investigative reporter in my next life.”

Click here for a free sample of the book from the iBooks store:



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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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