Two York police officers charged
Total of 30 charges were brought against one man
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.