RCMP searches offices of OPP union, three senior members take leave

RCMP searched the offices of the union representing Ontario Provincial Police officers Friday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Cory McGraw/Global News

TORONTO – Three senior members of the union representing Ontario Provincial Police officers have taken voluntary leave of absences days after the RCMP searched their offices as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, according to a statement from the union.

Global News has learned that the offices of OPPA president Jim Christie, vice-president Martin Bain, and chief administrative officer Karl Walsh were the subject of the RCMP search warrant on Friday.  Walsh has also been placed on administrative leave by the union’s board of directors.

The OPPA says it is cooperating with the investigation by handing over items named in the warrant.

No charges have been laid.

“These actions should not be considered admissions or implications of wrongdoing or liability by anyone or by the Association,” the OPPA said in a statement. “The Association has no knowledge of any charges being laid against any persons at this time.”

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The RCMP confirmed there is an active investigation but wouldn’t say what type.

Director Doug Lewis has been named acting president, and director Todd Provost has been named acting vice-president.

More to come.