Here is Chief Elsner's email to staff:
To all sworn and professional support staff:
There have been a number of rumours circulating over the past few days. I would like to take this opportunity to put them to rest.
In September of this year an internal investigation was initiated by the Police Board into whether I had had an inappropriate relationship. An independent outside law firm was retained to do the investigation. On Friday of last week I received notification of the investigation's conclusion. The investigation found some private, direct messages in my Twitter account, but, there was no inappropriate relationship. However, I should not have engaged in those messages in the first place.
I take full responsibility for my actions. I am better than that and I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been affected by my laps in judgment. After reviewing the entire report and knowing all the facts, the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board has given me their full support and confidence to continue as your Chief Constable.
I learned many things during this investigation about how I will conduct myself in the future. I have also learned how much of a toll these lengthy, process-driven investigations take on all the people affected by them. As your Chief, I pledge to make the changes necessary in our process to be far more humane in our approach.
Our collective concern must now be on healing and moving forward together as a department.