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4 Montreal police officers arrested for perjury, obstruction of justice

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WATCH ABOVE: Four Montreal police officers have been arrested following an internal investigation and face several charges, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Global's Gloria Henriquez reports – Jul 7, 2016

MONTREAL – Four Montreal police officers have been arrested following an internal investigation that started in December 2015.

David Chartrand faces four charges, and Faycal Djelidi, nine, including perjury and obstruction of justice.

Djelidi faces additional charges of solicitation, paying for sexual favours and breach of trust.

“The offences have to do with informants,” Police Chief Philippe Pichet explained.

“We must, as a police organization and in the interest of transparency, reassure the public that our informants will be safe.”

Djelidi has worked with the department for 16 years; Chartrand has been there for 11.

The two worked in multidisciplinary investigations and youth co-ordination in the police’s south division.

They have been suspended without pay.

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Pichet insisted the public should not worry.

“We are all concerned when one of our own crosses the line, the entire police community is affected,” he said.

“The majority of officers do an excellent job.”

The other two officers are still the subjects of the internal investigation.

“If they were supposed to be investigating moral offence, like sexual offences, and they’re on duty as police officers, they breached their oath of office and their duties under the Quebec Police Act,” explained Philip Schneider, Global News’ legal expert.

The investigation is ongoing.

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