The senior officer in charge of Toronto Police Service’s Disciplinary Hearings Office has been suspended with pay and faces impaired driving charges after a car crash.
Toronto Police say “it is alleged that on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at approximately 7 p.m., a man was travelling eastbound on Highway 401 through the city of Pickering … collided with a vehicle travelling in the same direction.”
Ontario Provincial Police officers “believed the man was impaired” and he was taken to “hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
Supt. Riyaz Hussein, 54, was charged by the OPP at Brock Rd. and Hwy. 401 with “over 80 mgs operation of a motor vehicle, careless driving and having care or control of a motor vehicle with open liquor.”
Toronto Police say the 33-year-veteran is scheduled to appear in Oshawa court on Feb. 10.
This is the third senior Toronto Police officer who has been under investigation in recent months.
One officer was charged with impaired driving last summer and another is being probed for allegedly providing answers to up to eight applicants in the sergeant’s promotional process.
Toronto Police would neither confirm nor deny a CBC report that 42 Division commanding officer Supt. Stacy Clarke has been suspended. But many police sources did confirm there is an investigation underway into what they call a “serious” matter regarding test questions allegedly being given by a senior officer to candidates vying for a promotion to sergeant.
No charges have so far stemmed from that probe but Toronto Police command has halted all promotions.
It has been a difficult week for Toronto Police.
Staff-Sgt. Jai Escott, of 42 Division, was also charged with one count of sexual assault allegedly committed in 2013. The 47-year-old officer, a 19 year veteran, is considered to be innocent until proven guilty. He is scheduled to appear in Oshawa court on Feb. 15.
In the case of Hussein’s charges, “the Toronto Police Service recognizes the public interest implicit in the Hearing Officer role and is releasing this information proactively to the public. Media inquiries about the incident or charges should be directed to the police service of jurisdiction, in this case the Ontario Provincial Police.”
The OPP in a tweet said that “the driver charged, rear ended a delivery truck and sustained minor injuries.”
Sources say a Toronto Police-assigned car was impounded following this accident. A photograph supplied by police sources shows major damage to the front of the vehicle.
In each case of the officers facing charges in court, they are suspended with pay while the legal process unfolds.
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