THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Police Service’s second-highest ranking officer has been suspended pending an internal investigation.
According to a release issued by the Thunder Bay Police Services Board and Deputy Chief, Ryan Hughes has been taken off duty, though no reason was given.
“The board can confirm that Deputy Chief Ryan Hughes has been suspended pending an internal investigation. The board cannot comment further at this time as this is a human resources matter and await the outcomes of the investigation,” said board chair Kristen Oliver.
This story was first reported by the Globe and Mail’s Willow Fiddler.
The Thunder Bay Police Service has again come under fire of late and an investigation is expected to look into the service's leadership, as ordered by Solicitor General Sylvie Jones. Thunder Bay Police Services Board member Georjann Morriseau, a former chair of the organization, has accused at least one member and Police Chief Sylvie Hauth of racism.
However, a source has told TBNewswatch, Hughes' suspension has nothing to do with the human rights complaints filed by Morriseau as a number of other officers reported earlier this month.