Police chief, force "betrayed" by rogue cop
Montreal police chief Marc Parent said he was deeply shaken and felt betrayed when he heard about the arrest of retired investigator Benoit Roberge on Saturday.
The 50-year-old Roberge was a member of the Escouade régionale mixte, a multi-force unit involving members of the Montreal police, the SQ and the RCMP, with access to highly sensitive information about ongoing investigations.
The SQ are alleging that Roberge sold information to the Hells Angels from 2010 until his retirement from the force in August.
Parent would not say how much damage Roberge's alleged actions may have caused or how they might affect current operations, but did say Roberge's former colleagues are in shock. Some, he said, haven't slept in days.
The first priority upon hearing the news was ensuring no lives were in danger. Parent said that "We spent the weekend on the phone and met with our partners on Monday to address this as fast as we can."
He said all collaborators are "secure."
Parent also noted that although there had been some management issues with Roberge in the past, no one had ever had any reason to suspect his overall integrity.