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Durham Regional Police Services Board and Police Chief Mike Ewles confirm Twitter’s “Joe Mayo” a Durham Police Supervisor.

September 10th, 2013  

Yesterday I attended the Durham Regional Police Services Board meeting because “Twitter Update” was an item on their agenda. I decided to videotape it for two reasons: First, I no longer trust the Media to report what I really need to know and second I believe that, rather than depending on Media, people should see the unedited primary source material and draw their own conclusions.

And now that I’ve read the articles covering yesterday’s Durham Police Twitter Update, I know I was right making certain my camera was there to document what was said.

What follows is unedited video of the entire Durham Regional Police Services Board Joe Mayo/Twitter Update discussion, plus the CHEX TV interview with Police Chief Mike Ewles. The video is 17:34 minutes long and fact is I don’t feel like providing an entire transcript. It’s a sunny day and my 2006 black Dodge Charger R/T hasn’t had a run since the end of June and today’s the day!

That said, I will provide a video transcript of what I feel are the most important things said by Durham Regional Police Services Chief Mike Ewles.

Chief Mike Ewles re Twitter attack on Ontario Ombudsman at Durham Regional Police Services Board (17:34 min)



Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

The investigators looked at the entire scope of the investigation as police officers looked at criminality, looked at the potential of involving the crown attorneys, had discussion with the crown attorneys with regards to any criminal offenses, that may be germane to this investigation. There were none.

Quite candidly social media is evolving so quickly that the legislative process by way of the criminal code are —lacking— is the term that we could use. And if you’re aware of the some of the challenges that they’re facing down-east in Halifax with the cyber-bullying, online cyber-bullying, in which a young girl committed suicide —they’re actually using child pornography offenses to try and hold those people accountable for that cyber-bullying that went on.

It’s a whole new area for us in policing and a challenge for us. But we did look at the criminality. The crown attorney did not determine —or did not feel that any criminal offenses had been committed. Notwithstanding that we did continue with our investigation.

The officer is facing what we deemed —I have deemed,  to be serious misconduct charges. As is typical of all Part 5 disciplinary processes we do not release the officer’s name until the actual date of the hearing. And there are several reasons for that.

First and foremost is the concern that the officer may in fact resign, at which point we lose jurisdiction. And there would be no grounds for releasing the officer’s name.

Secondly his counsel, through Statutory Powers Procedure Act, Article 9, could ask for an in-camera hearing at which point his name would not be released. Those are options available to the defense —of him, at the hearing itself.

The third piece, and hopefully that’s not the case in this instance, is that, as you know, oftentimes, both criminal and other cases hinge on witnesses, hinge on the whole process. There is an option for an informal resolution. Oftentimes we have to accept an informal resolution because the case goes sideways at the last minute. We are not anticipating that in this instance but we have to prepare for that. And if it is in fact an informal resolution, then there would be no authority for me to release that officer’s name.

So, having all those factors in consideration and in play at this point in time, it’s our belief that the officer will be named at the actual hearing date.

MEDIA INTERVIEW with Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles, September 9, 2013



Am I correct in my inference that this person is a supervisor that we’re dealing with —a veteran officer?

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

Supervisors generally, well, they’ve been promoted at least to the rank of Sergeant or Detective.  So, I got promoted at ten years, whether that was a veteran. I got promoted to Sergeant in ten. Whether I consider myself a veteran in that point in time?…


Does that make this a little more troubling in your mind?

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

Very much so. Our Supervisors we definitely hold to a higher standard. It is quite a surprise and a concern to us. And that’s why we initiated the investigation so quickly. And when it was determined that it was a supervisor, they [sic] were immediately removed from their [sic] assignment. They [sic] have no supervisory duties —right now, and we’ll deal with that accordingly. That may be an aggravating factor at trial if it’s brought forward by the prosecutor.


Is there any notion why Dennis in particular was targeted?

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

I have no idea. No idea. And that may come out as part of the hearing.


But this Supervisor supervised Dennis, correct?

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

The Supervisor was a supervisor within the Service. [smiles]

[general laughter MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera “Interesting”]

Everyone’s a supervi— Every sergeant is a supervisor. Every detective is a supervisor.


Did they have a direct working relationship.

Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles

I can’t comment on that. It might tend to disclose who the officer is.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera “Yeah. That’s true.”


I’ve had my own share of “Joe Mayo”-types originating from the City of Mississauga. Readers might recall “HyJynx” —the City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard and his online confessions. Or the anonymous City of Mississauga Security personnel who refused to identify himself despite numerous requests when emailing me via Public.Info@mississauga.ca. Freedom of Information led right to City of Mississauga Security Manager Jamie Hillis as the cowardly culprit.

(Put in perspective, discovering that “Public.Info” was the City of Mississauga Security Manager is kind of like it would be if the Ontario Ombudsman found out that “Joe Mayo” was none other than Chief Ewles!)

For the record, Durham Regional Police’s “Joe Mayo” burned me almost as much as he did Marin. By impersonating Detective Constable Scott Dennis, “Joe Mayo” suckered me too! That’s why I’ve gone to considerable pains to research this issue.

For example, I scoured the 2012 Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2012: Municipalities and Services “Sunshine List” to see if I could identify said-supervisor. That’s just not possible. There are close to 90 Detectives or Detective Sergeants in the Durham Regional Police Services. That doesn’t even include those in the Sergeant-only rank.

So you can understand Police Chief Ewles’ “I can’t comment on that. It might tend to disclose who the officer is” response to the reporter’s “But this Supervisor supervised Dennis, correct?” That keeps “Joe Mayo” close to two hundred suspects!

Because if Ewles had answered yes, that would have narrowed the suspects down considerably!  After all, it’s been confirmed that “Joe Mayo”s colleague-victim Dennis, works in the Durham’s Fraud Unit.

Cut-and-pasted from the Durham Regional Police website:

Fraud Unit
A Detective Sergeant leads a team of Detectives and Detective Constables in the investigation of fraud related offences. Located in 17 Division, 77 Centre St.N., Oshawa, the Fraud Unit investigates all major fraud related offences in the Durham Region.
URL: http://www.drps.ca/internet_explorer/our_organization/how_we_operate.asp?S cope=Unit&ID=17

Had Chief Ewles responded in the affirmative, that would make Durham’s Fraud Unit Detective Sergeant or one of his Detectives (not Detective Constables) potentially the Supervisory “Joe Mayo”… and a small list indeed.



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