POLITICS

Watchdog To Probe Complaint About Bill Blair, Fishing Trip

02/24/2014 05:10 EST | Updated 04/26/2014 05:59 EDT
A fishing trip involving Toronto police Chief Bill Blair and a member of the board that oversees his force, is at the centre of a complaint being investigated by a police watchdog.

Coun. Doug Ford alleged in November that a conflict-of-interest occurred when Blair went on a fishing trip with Andy Pringle, who is among the seven members of the Toronto Police Services Board.

Ford also complained about the matter to the Toronto Police Services Board.

The board reviewed that complaint.

Coun. Doug Ford has since been sent a letter from the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, advising him that it would be investigating the allegations.

The letter indicates that the police board concluded the allegations "may constitute misconduct as defined in Section 80 of the Police Services Act," which is why the OIPRD has been asked to investigate them.

The OIPRD says it has retained a copy of Ford’s complaint and will be reaching out to him for an interview. It will also be sending a copy of the complaint to Blair.

The civilian-staffed OIPRD probes public complaints about police in Ontario.

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