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Thunder Bay police chief accused of misconduct announces plan to retire

Written by Javed Iqbal

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission says the head of the Thunder Bay Police Service will face a hearing on three cases of alleged misconduct under the Police Services Act.

The Commission says this comes after a study it began in February.

At the time, the OCPC raised concerns about the ability of senior management to manage the day-to-day operations of the police service in “good faith” and in accordance with police law.

Earlier today, local media reported that the boss, Sylvie Hauth, will retire in June 2023.

The Thunder Bay Police Service has been under intense scrutiny in recent months, with indigenous leaders calling for the service to be disbanded altogether due to weakened trust in the community.

In a systemic review from 2018, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director found evidence of systemic racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service and that it influenced the investigations into the deaths of indigenous peoples.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 23, 2022.

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