A senior Toronto police officer who was on the interview committee responsible for selecting officers for promotion is accused of sharing interview questions with six applicants and even dragging one to his home, according to recently unsealed documents.
A Notice of Hearing issued Monday accuses the Superintendent. Stacy Clarke for sending images of Toronto police sergeant interview questions to six officers in late November 2021.
Toronto police said Clarke was specifically advised against contacting candidates she mentored before allegedly sharing the questions.
Constables are identified in the Notice of Hearing only by their initials.
She is also accused of inviting one of the constables, identified in the documents as HH, to her home for three days between December 3 and 6 to mentor them during the interview process with the sergeant.
Toronto police say Clarke was const. HH’s interview panel and would not reveal his relationship with them to other panel members.
None of the allegations against Clarke have been proven in court.
Promotion to police sergeant in Ontario usually involves a written exam and interview process involving a panel of senior officers.
In a brief virtual first appearance to answer seven charges against her under the Police Services Act, Clarke told an arbitrator she had been given details of the allegations.
“Yes, yes I have,” she said.
His lawyer, Joseph Markson, waived the reading of the seven counts, saying he was already familiar with them.
Asked by CP24 to comment on the nature of the allegations on Monday, Markson declined to comment further.
Toronto police attorney Alex Ciobotaru suggested the hearing may need to include an arbitrator from another Ontario police service, as well as an outside attorney to serve as prosecutor.
Clarke remains suspended with pay under the terms of the Police Services Act.
The Police Services Act hearing will resume on February 23 at 9 a.m.