A Calgary police officer was charged yesterday with weapons offences after allegedly buying two guns from civilians with intentions of selling the firearams to gun dealers.
Const. Dean Pankewicz, an 18-year veteran of the Calgary Police Force, has been suspended with pay for the accusations he faces regarding the gun amnesty program he was involved with in 2006.
Pankewicz, 43, was part of a unit directed to seize guns and destroy them, but a complaint was filed when the officer allegedly purchased two weapons from a Calgary resident and tried to sell them to a gun dealer in Warburg, south of Edmonton.
Insp. Ken Marchant of the CPS’ Professional Standards Section said the police service takes allegations of this kind seriously.
“We know and understand that the relationship we have with our community depends on each member’s good conduct, and that allegations of unprofessional behaviour affects that relationship,” said Marchant.
Pankewicz is charged with breach of trust by a public officer, hazardous storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, trafficking in firearms and possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking.