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DRPS deputy chief to have a hearing about an allegation of deceit

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

DURHAM: A high-ranking member of the Durham Regional Police Service is being investigated regarding deceit.

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) recently announced a hearing into allegations against Dean Bertrim, Deputy Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service, "is warranted," following "an investigation under section 25 of the Police Services Act."

"Accordingly, a Notice of Hearing and Notice of Particulars have been served on Deputy Chief Bertrim, setting out one count of deceit, contrary to the Code of Conduct in the Police Services Act," read an OCPC post.

However, in a press release, sent out on Friday, February 3rd, the Durham Regional Police Services Board supported their colleague.

"The Board is committed to upholding public trust and accountability for policing in Durham Region. It is essential the community have confidence police officers are held to the highest standards of ethical conduct. It is also important the Board support and defend the principles of fairness and integrity for all of its members, including its most senior leaders. On balance and consideration of these factors, and in light of Deputy Chief Bertrim's exemplary leadership over the last four years, the Board supports his continued functioning in his current role," the press release stated.

The press release later added, the board "has no involvement in testing the allegations against Deputy Chief Bertrim" and "at this time, a date for the hearing has not been set by the Commission."

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