Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Search OPP Union Offices; Senior Leaders Take Leaves of Absence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Search OPP Union Offices; Senior Leaders Take Leaves of Absence

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RCMP search OPP union offices

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TORONTO - The RCMP has searched offices of the top Ontario Provincial Police union leaders as part of a criminal investigation, prompting the senior officials to step aside.

Ontario Provincial Police Association president Jim Christie and vice-president Martin Bain have taken voluntary leaves of absence following the RCMP search of their offices in Barrie on Friday, the union said in a statement Monday.

The union's chief administrative officer, whose office was also searched by the RCMP, has been placed on administrative leave.

RCMP Const. Jean Juneau said there is an open investigation into "individuals associated to the Ontario Provincial Police Association," but he would not confirm which individuals or the nature of the investigation.

"We received a complaint and to validate or to explore the information received on that complaint we needed to do search warrants," he said. "I can tell you there are absolutely no charges pending right now."

The investigation is in its preliminary stages, Juneau said. The RCMP went to Ontario Superior Court to obtain search warrants, but those documents have been sealed, he said. …

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