Senior Toronto police officer under investigation for misconduct

A senior Toronto police officer has been suspended with pay following a complaint for making inappropriate comments to a woman at an event in Quebec City, CBC Toronto has learned.

Supt. Scott Baptist allegedly made the comments to a civilian member of the Toronto police last week while attending the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) conference, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter who are not not allowed to speak publicly. He is the subject of an internal police disciplinary investigation. No criminal charges have been laid.

Baptist received a lifetime achievement award at the event in recognition of his contributions to traffic safety throughout his career.

David Butt, the plaintiff’s attorney, said in an email to CBC Toronto that his client was “cooperating fully” with police investigators.

“To preserve the integrity of this investigation, we will make no further public statements for the foreseeable future,” Butt wrote.

Baptist, center, received the CACP Traffic Safety Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference. (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)

In a statement to CBC Toronto, Natalie Wright, communications advisor for the CACP, said the association is aware of the incident and an external investigation is underway.

“We fully support and cooperate with this investigation,” Wright said. “The CACP condemns any inappropriate and/or unlawful behavior by police officers at any time, including at CACP events.”

Joseph Markson, Baptist’s lawyer, told CBC Toronto in an email that his client “respects the investigative process” but “categorically denies any wrongdoing.”

In a statement, Toronto police said Baptist has not been arrested or charged in any police jurisdiction.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Sayer also said the Policing Services Act prevents the force from “confirming or releasing information about internal disciplinary matters unless the matter is heard in court. disciplinary, where the information is made public”.

A CACP press release issued earlier this month says Baptist has worked as a police officer for 35 years.

During this period, he held positions such as highway patrol, traffic control and collision reconstruction – and as a staff sergeant he was responsible for the front line officers of the services of traffic, overseeing the city’s response to fatal and life-threatening crashes. blocks itself. He has been the District Traffic Operations Commander with the Toronto Police since 2017.

Baptist is the third senior Toronto police officer to be investigated for misconduct this year.

Supt. Riyaz Hussein, who ran the service’s disciplinary hearings office, was charged with impaired driving following an accident in Pickering, Ont. in January. He is currently performing administrative duties pending the results of his criminal and disciplinary hearings.

Supt. Stacy Clarke, meanwhile, is facing charges under the Police Services Act for allegations that she obstructed the Toronto police promotion process by providing “confidential” information to a handful of police officers. agents before their interviews.

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