A number of Toronto cops have been suspended amid inside probe into corruption in GTA towing trade

A number of Toronto cops have been suspended amid an inside investigation into corruption within the Higher Toronto Space towing trade.

Toronto Police Service spokesperson Meaghan Grey confirmed the suspensions in an announcement supplied to CP24 on Wednesday. She didn’t say what number of officers have been suspended, solely saying that there are “a number of.”

The information of the suspensions comes after Const. Ronald Joseph was charged final month with various organized crime-related offences.

Investigators have alleged that Joseph, an 11-year veteran, stole at the very least one encrypted police radio which allowed tow truck operators to study collisions earlier than their opponents and arrive at varied scenes first.

On the time police stated that a number of tow truck workers from totally different corporations have been in possession of stolen police radios and that the knowledge was broadcasted by one driver to different tow truck drivers for a month-to-month payment.

“If there are further prison fees, an replace shall be supplied,” Gray stated on Wednesday after confirming the suspensions. “Skilled Requirements would additionally wish to thank the general public for the cooperation they’ve acquired to this point and would encourage anybody with data to please come ahead.

The skilled requirements investigation that led to the fees towards Joseph started in August, 2019 however a violent turf conflict for management of the GTA towing trade, has been taking part in out for lots longer.

In Could, York Regional Police arrested 20 individuals and laid lots of of fees as a part of a joint-forces investigation dubbed Venture Platinum.

On the time investigators, stated that they recognized “a number of organized crime teams” working throughout the towing trade who have been fraudulently inflating prices and, in at the very least 10 instances, even “intentionally inflicting collisions” to extend earnings.

They stated that the battle for management of the tens of millions of in earnings from the illicit enterprise in the end led to “murders, tried murders, assaults and arson” with investigators figuring out at the very least 150 totally different acts of violence.