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Toronto police supt. accused of interfering with promotions appears before tribunal

TORONTO — A Toronto police superintendent accused of helping a handful of officers prepare for interviews for promotions despite her involvement in the process made her first appearance before a disciplinary tribunal Monday.

Supt. Stacy Clarke is charged under the Police Services Act with multiple counts each of breach of confidence and discreditable conduct, as well as one of insubordination.

A notice of hearing issued Monday alleges Clarke mentored a number of constables seeking to be promoted to the rank of sergeant last fall, while being part of the panel conducting the interviews.

The document alleges Clarke received an email around Nov. 10 instructing her to cut off contact with the officers she was mentoring by Nov. 25.

The notice alleges that in late November, Clarke sent photos of the interview questions to six of the candidates she was mentoring.

It further alleges she provided in-person counselling to one of them at her home on three consecutive days in early December, and on one of those days, conducted a mock interview using questions from panels she had sat on days earlier.

"You conducted a mock interview with H.H., using real interview questions which you knew to be part of the promotional interview package," the document reads.

The notice alleges Clarke later participated in the officer's interview without disclosing her conflict of interest.

Clarke's lawyer declined to comment Monday.

The case has been put over until Feb. 23.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2022.

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