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Ontario Civilian Police Commission withdraws misconduct charge against Deputy Chief Bertrim

June 10, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

June 10, 2024, Whitby, Ont. – The Ontario Civilian Police Commission has withdrawn the charge of deceit against Durham Regional Police Service’s Deputy Chief Bertrim, which had been laid in Feb. 2023, citing that there would be no reasonable prospect of conviction. The Durham Regional Police Service Board was pleased to learn of the withdrawal of the misconduct charge.

“An allegation of misconduct and a public hearing process against a Deputy Chief of Police is a significant issue to the Police Service and the Board, as it raises questions in the community about the integrity of police leadership,” said the Board. “In light of the importance of community trust and confidence in the police, the Board expected that a careful review of the evidence would have taken place before a charge of this nature was initiated. While the Board is satisfied with this outcome, it is disappointed with the Commission’s decision to proceed with a charge without sufficient evidence and the timing of the action taken. This process negatively affected the reputation of the DRPS and its leadership, to say nothing of the monumental impact this had on the Deputy Chief personally, and professionally.”

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