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Ontario police service asks court to intervene in watchdog probe

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OSHAWA, Ont. — An Ontario police force wants the courts to intervene after a watchdog appointed an administrator to oversee some operations, saying the independent body hasn't been transparent in its investigation.

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission appointed a retired deputy chief from Toronto to the oversight position after conducting a preliminary probe that found potential criminal activity within the Durham Regional Police Service and a "crisis in confidence'' among its leadership.

Mike Federico will serve in the role as the commission conducts a more thorough investigation into the allegations.

The Durham police service says the watchdog is investigating several complaints which the commission has repeatedly refused to share with the police service.

Chief Paul Martin says the appointment of an administrator is unwarranted, and his force is asking the Divisional Court of Ontario for a review.

He adds that the police service can't respond to what it calls unknown allegations.

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