The Appeal from Sentence
 The appellant also appeals the sentence of five years
imposed by the trial judge on each count, sentences the trial
judge directed were to be served concurrently, one with the
 At trial, the Crown sought a penitentiary sentence of six
years, the defence a sentence of 14 months.
 In this court, the appellant contends that the trial judge
erred in imposing a sentence that was unduly harsh, well in
excess of any sentence justified by the limited sentencing precedents available. The trial judge’s sentencing analysis, according
to the appellant, was further flawed by inconsistent findings
about aggravating factors and misapprehensions of relevant
 We are not persuaded that there is any basis upon which
we are entitled to interfere with the sentence imposed at trial.
 The offence of perjury, for that matter, the crime of
attempting to obstruct justice, strike at the very soul of the
judicial system. Each rents the fibre of the intricate scheme
that we as a society have designed to determine whether the
guilt of one accused of crime has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Each offence is easy to commit. Both are hard
to prove. Those found to have committed either must expect
 Police officers occupy a special position of trust in the
community. It is all the more so in the criminal justice system.
As justice system participants, they owe a duty to the public to
uphold the values of the criminal justice system. They have a
duty to investigate crime in accordance with the law.
 The paramount sentencing objectives in this case are
denunciation and deterrence. Neither the jeopardy of the loss of
employment nor the likelihood of and deterrence, much less
accord appropriate weight to the aggravating factor of breach
 The sentence imposed in this case is substantial. This is
as it should be. It represents an appropriate application of the
governing objectives and principles of sentencing, including the
fundamental principle that the sentence be proportionate to
the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the
 In the result, leave to appeal sentence is granted, but the
appeal from sentence is dismissed.