Montreal police want random polygraphs to root out moles

A Montreal police cruiser is seen on Notre-Dame Ouest . (PASCAL GIRARD/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

A Montreal police cruiser is seen on Notre-Dame Ouest . (PASCAL GIRARD/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Eric Thibault, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

MONTREAL — Police brass in Montreal, burned by several moles in recent years, want organized crime investigators to take random, unannounced polygraph tests, QMI Agency has learned.

Surprise lie detector tests are standard practice at the CIA and the FBI.

The Montreal police force is considering the move after former sergeant-detective Benoit Roberge was charged last year with selling information to the Hells Angels.

QMI Agency reported this week that the force transferred Sgt.-Det. Philippe Paul for alleged dealings with a Canadian-Iranian businessman.

Chief Marc Parent has previously pledged “more aggressive” ways to “prevent deviant behaviour” among investigators.

He has been discussing the matter with other Canadian police chiefs this week.

Further meetings are planned in the spring with RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

“Chief Parent has made it his priority and he hopes that these measures are applied here, but also at the provincial and national levels,” police spokesman Ian Lafreniere said.

Last October, Montreal police administered polygraph tests to investigators who were close to Benoit Roberge.

The Montreal Police Brotherhood, representing 4,500 officers, says standardizing the tests is dangerous.

“These tests are not 100% reliable and the slightest mistake would have serious implications for the careers of our members,” union president Yves Francoeur said.

Two other Montreal police moles have made headlines in recent years.

In 2012, former officer Ian Davidson killed himself after he was caught trying to sell a list of confidential informants to the Mafia.

That same year, former detective Mario Lambert was convicted of fraudulently using a police computer to funnel information to gangsters.


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