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Warmington: Investigating 'incident' at mysterious Canadian police chiefs' meeting

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Hundreds of police officers on scene to fight crime No shortage of manpower to try to sort probes into their own.

We hear news that an investigation has been launched into an alleged 'incident' at a meeting attended by all of Canada's police chiefs and top law enforcement officials, including Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino. rarely.

But that is what is happening in Quebec.

The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs is cooperating in an investigation stemming from an incident at the 117th Annual Conference of the Hilton Hotel in Quebec, August 7-9. It has said.

The honorable Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino kicked off his second day of the#CACP2022 annual conference. / Nous sommes fiers d'accueillir l'honorable Marco Mendicino, ministry de la sécurité publique comme conférencier spécial aujourd'hui. @Safety_Canada

— CACP / ACCP (@CACP_ACCP) August 9, 2022

Details of this investigation are unknown, so it is unknown what the incident triggered the investigation is. What became clear, however, was the sudden resignation of the highest-ranking officer in the specialized Toronto Police Force, and his subordinates being transferred from their commanding roles in the division to serve the Service's Professional Standards Unit.

"The word means that the person has been suspended from active duty," a Toronto police source said, adding that the officer in question said on Tuesday that "his

The rest is a mystery and has been the subject of much gossip among the ranks. While it was difficult to obtain formal confirmation from the Toronto Police Service that a superintendent-level senior commander had been suspended, the CACP confirmed there was an investigation into what allegedly happened in Quebec.

"CACP is aware of this incident and is aware that an external investigation is ongoing," said an Ottawa-based CACP communications advisor. Natalie Wright said in a statement to the Toronto Sun. ``We fully support and cooperate with this investigation.''

``The CACP condemns inappropriate and/or illegal behavior by police officers at any time, including at CACP events. I will,” she added.

Wright did not elaborate or say who was conducting the external investigation.

Meanwhile, the Quebec City Police said the Toronto Sun was her third Toronto media outlet to request information about the case.

"We have not arrested anyone at the meeting and have not arrested anyone at this time," the spokesperson said, adding that the status of the investigation had not been discussed.

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Meanwhile, the Toronto Police keep the cards near their vests. Arrested or prosecuted in any jurisdiction.

But she did not say that the problem was solved.

``The Police Service Act (PSA) prohibits police from verifying or releasing information about internal disciplinary matters unless the matter is heard in a disciplinary court where the information is disclosed.''

Because there are no charges and Toronto police have not identified a key figure in the case, the Sun will not release the officer's name until police action or criminal charges are announced.

This kind of story is hard to write, but when the CACP admits there was an incident at the nation's largest police gathering, it's hard not to.

} If this commander is actually sent home, as communications show, this would be the fourth senior Toronto police officer to be suspended in recent times. Two were allegations of driving impairment andone related to allegations of assisting an officer in a promotion exam

Award winners — hopefully some of them will help investigators determine exactly what happened.

jwarmington@postmedia .com

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