Orignally published on 2022-01-14 19:17:59 by www.thestar.com
A high-ranking Toronto police officer who heads the force’s disciplinary tribunal has been arrested for impaired driving.
Supt. Riyaz Hussein was arrested Thursday evening by officers with the Ontario Provincial Police, following a collision involving a delivery truck.
OPP confirmed that Hussein, 54, from Pickering, was charged with careless driving and open liquor after a two car collision just after 7 p.m.. According to a tweet from the OPP’s Highway Safety Division, the driver rear ended a delivery truck and sustained minor injuries.
Hussein has been suspended from the Toronto police service with pay. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hussein is currently listed as the officer in charge of the force’s disciplinary hearings office, the quasi-judicial tribunal that oversees professional misconduct by officers — including criminal offences such as impaired driving.
In that role, Hussein acts as the representative of the chief, deciding whether to find officers guilty of misconduct and what penalties they will face.
Last year, Hussein dismissed Toronto police officer Matthew Brewer for a series of criminal convictions and misconduct incidents, including for causing a crash after driving drunk.
“Impaired driving in particular is extremely serious and the Service has undertaken many efforts to eliminate it. As such, penalties may include reduction of rank or dismissal,” Hussein wrote in his ruling, summarizing the arguments of the police prosecutor.
In his ruling, Hussein called impaired driving “very serious.”
It’s not yet clear what implications this could have on hearings set to be heard before the tribunal in the coming weeks.
Superintendent is one of the top ranks in the police service, just below deputy chief and staff superintendent.
The arrest comes the same week Toronto police initiated an investigation into an unnamed senior officer following allegations of impropriety in the force’s promotional process.
Sources have told the Star the alleged wrongdoing involves cheating: exam questions being provided to some of the applicants who put their name forward for promotion from constable to sergeant.
Promotions service-wide have been halted until the investigation is completed.
Hussein is not the only senior Toronto police officer to be arrested for drunk driving in recent months.
In August, Insp. Chris Boddy — a high ranking officer with the force’s officer wellness unit — was arrested by York Regional Police in Richmond Hill after allegedly driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.
More to come.