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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A senior Toronto police officer is being investigated for possible impropriety in the promotion process

Toronto police officer is being investigated for alleged impropriety in the promotion process.

Key takeaways:

  • According to multiple sources who spoke to Global News on the condition of anonymity, about 120 officers were recently promoted.
  • Officers who scored 85 percent or higher on the exam were invited to meet with a panel consisting of a staff superintendent, a superintendent, and an inspector for an interview.

The Toronto Police Force is investigating a high-ranking cop who supposedly spilled answers to fellow cops trying to advance their careers, according to multiple police sources.

“I can accept that the Service is investigating accusations of impropriety in a recent promotional process,” Allison Sparkes, the TPS’s director of corporate communications, stated in an email to Global News.

“If the subject were to proceed to Tribunal, it would be made public during that process,” Sparkes wrote. If criminal charges are filed, the Service will make them public. As of now, the investigation is still ongoing, and I’m unable to provide any additional information at this time.”

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Approximately 120 officers were recently promoted, according to multiple sources who spoke to Global News on the condition of anonymity. It’s unclear how many people applied, but typically only about half of those are chosen.

Last September, taking an interest, officers submitted an application to their supervisor, who then evaluated their abilities. Those considered for promotion took an online exam in November at the Toronto Police College.

Toronto police officer is being investigated for alleged impropriety in the promotion process.
Toronto police officer is being investigated for alleged impropriety in the promotion process. Image from CBC

Officers who received a score of 85% or higher on the exam were invited to an interview with a panel consisting of a staff superintendent, a superintendent, and an inspector. Candidates for promotion were asked about five questions. Early in December, officers found out if they had been promoted.

Global News could not confirm whether or not answers to the online test or the oral interview were leaked. The name of the senior officer under investigation has not been made public.

The Toronto Police Tribunal is just a quasi-judicial body that hears complaints against officers for serious violations of the Police Services Act.

So far, no accusations have been filed in relation to this investigation.

Source: CBC News

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