A top RCMP officer’s office in southern Ontario was raided by the Canadian Border Services Agency last month and seized as a result of a corruption investigation, CBC News has learned.
The RCMP’s top officer in southern Manitoba, who was arrested earlier this month on a corruption charge, is now facing a federal criminal investigation for allegedly accepting bribes from an RCMP agent and other employees, CBC reported Friday.
In an interview with CBC News, former RCMP commissioner and former director of the Winnipeg office, Bill Dickson, said he was stunned to discover what he believes was a “gift” from the Canadian government.
“I was just shocked,” Dickson said.
Dickson says he was surprised when he learned that a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was the subject of an investigation by the CBSA.
He says he spoke to the RCMP’s former commissioner about it in the weeks after the raid and said he has never seen such a gift.
Dickson said he believes the CBRA investigation was related to an RCMP-led bribery investigation involving a Manitoba man who was a high-ranking member of one of the agency’s investigative teams.
“I think they [the RCMP] may have had a couple of people involved in that investigation,” he said.
“It’s one thing to have a high ranking member, but it’s something that they’re trying to hide.”
Dixon said that as a former police officer he was not aware of the alleged bribery case until he was fired from the RCMP in 2010.
“The RCMP has a long history of corruption.
They have a long, long history,” he told CBC.
“But this one particular investigation, which they didn’t know about, I think, may have been the tipping point.”
Dickson, who retired from the force in March, was the former director and chief of the police service’s Integrated Criminal Investigation Branch, which is part of the CBAS.
In a statement to CBC News on Thursday, the CBDA said it had “no further comment.”
Dicksons office was raided at his home in Brantford, about 30 kilometres north of Winnipeg, and the CBAA seized documents and computers.
The RCMP has not yet commented.
Dickson, who had worked in the force for more than a decade, has been in custody since his arrest.
He was remanded in custody on Friday afternoon, and is expected to be charged in the coming days.
“What I’m trying to do is give some hope that this is the beginning of something bigger,” he was quoted as saying by the local media.
As part of his bail conditions, Dickson was also banned from contacting any member of his immediate family, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.