Three Ottawa police constables are being charged for breach of trust and fraud after the RCMP found that they had sold information to tow truck drivers.
Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly said that the allegations are “very serious,” according to CBC.
"These allegations against three of our members will likely shake the trust and confidence that Ottawa police (OPS) members have worked long and hard to earn with the public.”
"Every member of the OPS will be troubled by this news as we hold our oath of office and our organization's values in the highest regard."
Constables Hussein Assaad, 44, Kevin Putinski, 32, and Andrew Chronopoulos, 38, are being charged by the RCMP’s anti-corruption unit with breach of trust and secret commissions, which falls under the fraud section of the criminal code.
Putinski has been charged with fraud under $5,000 while Assaad is being charged with “providing unauthorized access to confidential police databases, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to break and enter.”
Sloly assured the public that the acts perpetrated by members of those charged does not reflect the overall integrity of the police service, and said he has installed new methods of internal ethics that are intended to increase the force’s morale and professionalism.
"The events of today represent a major setback for the OPS, but we are fully committed to doing the right things to remedy this.”
A total of six people are currently facing charges.
The investigation is ongoing, as the RCMP has acquired five warrants to search homes and an Ottawa police workspace.