Durham police chief issues statement on investigation

The DRPS has released a statement from embattled Chief Paul Martin in the wake of allegations of corruption and misconduct made against him and other senior members of the force.

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) launched an investigation into the DRPS and its police services board on Friday (May 24) and appointed an administrator to oversee a number of responsibilities, including promotions and hiring; internal disciplinary matters; public complaints; and secondary employment applications

“I welcome an open, transparent and unbiased inquiry,” reads the statement from Chief Martin.

“I was just informed of the OCPC investigation on Friday (May 24) evening and have yet to see the details of these allegations behind the OCPC actions. Understandably, we were reluctant to make any public statements on this matter until we have seen the official complaints. I have asked the OCPC, as has the Durham Police Services Board, some months ago, for the complaint documents.”

The media release states that Chief Martin said his deepest regret is the damage being done to the reputations of the men and women of the DRPS and specifically to several employees mentioned. Somehow, the complaint documents have been made available to the media and not to the DRPS or to those individuals named.

“It is unfortunate that policing resources must once again be expended, much of it on claims that have already been investigated. I will do my best to ensure this is the last time they can be resurrected, and that this is done as fairly and without bias as possible, to remove this unfair shadow over the men and women who serve, with distinction, the communities in Durham Region,” he said.

A statement from Marion Isabeau Ringuette, the solicitor general’s press secretary, notes that the investigation will have no impact on policing services.

“Concerns were brought to the attention of the solicitor general regarding the Durham Regional Police Service and Durham Regional Police Services Board. As a result, the solicitor general requested that the OCPC investigate these allegations,” the statement reads

“We have confidence in the OCPC to take the appropriate steps to investigate the allegations that have been brought forward. The people of Durham can be assured that the OCPC investigation does not impact frontline policing services. The men and women on the frontlines of the Durham Police Service will continue to ensure community safety.”

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