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Court date set for review of DRPS administrator

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

A court date has been set to review the need for an administrator to oversee Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS).

With DRPS’ top management under investigation by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC), Durham Police Chief Paul Martin was stripped of a number of duties until the investigation is complete.

Retired Toronto Police Deputy Chief Mike Federico is currently overseeing the service.

But while Martin has stated he respects the investigation, he doesn’t see a need for an administrator.

“Although the Chief has the utmost respect for the appointed administrator, he sees the appointment itself as unwarranted and has asked the courts to review the necessity of it,” says DRPS spokesperson Dave Selby.

The OCPC is also investigating the capability of the Durham Region Police Services Board to efficiently complete its duties.

“Chief Paul Martin has cooperated fully with the investigation and instructed his staff to do the same. He welcomes a fair, unbiased, thorough and transparent examination of the complaints, many of which are years old and have already been investigated,” says Selby.

The court date is set for Nov. 22 at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West in Toronto. According to Selby, the hearing will be open to the public.