Two York po­lice of­fi­cers charged

To­tal of 30 charges were brought against one man

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Ge­orge Redak

A 10-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rupt prac­tices by the York Re­gional Po­lice has re­sulted in charges be­ing laid against seven peo­ple. Among those charged, two have both been sus­pended with pay in ac­cor­dance to pro­vin­cial law.

One of the of­fi­cers had been with York Re­gional Po­lice for 14 years. In Jan­uary, al­le­ga­tions of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity against him sur­faced. What en­sued was a com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion, one that brought a to­tal of 30 charges be­ing laid against him.

“This is un­ac­cept­able crim­i­nal be­hav­ior that will not be tol­er­ated by mem­bers of our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Chief Eric Jol­liffe in a state­ment. “This was a dif­fi­cult in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, we are com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing our val­ues of in­tegrity and ac­count­abil­ity.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the of­fi­cer al­legedly had been in­volved in a num­ber of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing at­tempted armed rob­bery, theft and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a po­lice shot­gun and traf­fick­ing of il­licit sub­stances.

His lat­est court hear­ing took place on Oct. 16, where bail was posted and a sus­pen­sion was laid.

An­other of­fi­cer had been with York Re­gional Po­lice since 2015 and served as a uni­form pa­trol. He has been charged with breach of trust and unau­tho­rized use of a com­puter.

“This is not a re­flec­tion on the ded­i­cated, hard­work­ing and ex­tremely pro­fes­sional York Re­gional Po­lice mem­bers work­ing to­gether each and ev­ery day to keep our com­mu­nity safe,” said Chief Jol­liffe

The re­main­ing five peo­ple charged in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion are sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in a num­ber of crimes, in­clud­ing drug traf­fick­ing, ob­struc­tion of jus­tice, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of firearms and forgery.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the mat­ter is asked to con­tact York Re­gional Po­lice.

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