11/02/2015 16:25 EST | Updated 11/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Anti-corruption head wants unit turned into permanent, independent police force

QUEBEC — The head of Quebec's permanent anti-corruption squad is asking for the unit to be turned into an independent police force.

Robert Lafreniere told a legislative committee today in Quebec City that his five-year mandate should also be renewed.

He says the anti-corruption squad should be separate from all other police forces in the province and have full jurisdiction over its investigations.

The anti-corruption unit was formed in 2011 after a series of high-level corruption and fraud allegations surfaced in the province involving municipal and provincial politicians, the construction sector and organized crime.

The unit has made about 150 arrests since 2011 including the ex-mayors of Montreal and neighbouring Laval.



The Canadian Press