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OPP charges three officers, suspends four others over towing industry allegations


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Three veteran Ontario Provincial Police officers are facing charges for giving preferential treatment to certain tow truck operators, in the latest corruption probe to target an industry long plagued with violence.

In an interview Saturday, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said he received an internal complaint back in early 2019 about the relationship between some of his officers and towing operators.

“Preference was given to a particular tow company in exchange for benefit to the officers,” he said, declining to get into the specifics of what that benefit was.

“It’s fairly complex. It’s not a traditional [arrangement where] there’s an exchange of cash, it’s not necessarily that straightforward. It’s a very complex investigation.”

The OPP investigation is the latest criminal probe to target Ontario’s troubled tow truck industry.

As The Globe and Mail revealed in an investigation into the tow-truck “turf wars” last February, more than 50 tow trucks have been set on fire, and at least four men connected to tow truck companies have been killed, as operators compete for bigger slices of a lucrative segment of the industry known as collision towing or “accident chasing.”

On Wednesday, OPP Provincial Constable Mohammed (Ali) Hussain, 52, with the OPP’s Toronto detachment, was arrested and charged with secret commissions and breach of trust.

His colleague Provincial Constable Simon Bridle, 53, with the Highway 407 detachment, was arrested Thursday. He faces the same charges, as well as an additional charge for obtaining sexual services for consideration.

An endorsement warrant has been issued for a third officer, Provincial Constable Bindo Showan, 57, also with the 407 detachment, who is currently out of the province.

All three have been suspended with pay.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT: (included is an audio version)

https://www.cp24.com/news/opp-charges-three-officers-suspends-four-others-over-towing-industry-allegations-1.5269730

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Kudos to the OPP for exposing this. Many L.E. agencies wouldnt do so simply to save face. 

Kick-backs and favoritisim happens here regularly ( mainly the small town, certain companies have family in law enforcement type ). And even when proof of this is brought to the higher ups, It falls on deaf ears.. 

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I would love for action to be taken against certain officers who stole my calls from the list here .Same as everywhere complaints fall on deaf ears but they sure want their permit money every year.

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