Toronto police officer faces three misconduct charges in court

He allegedly allowed his nephew to leave the scene of the car crash without officers being able to perform blood alcohol tests

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In another case of a senior Toronto police officer charged with misconduct, Insp. Joyce Schertzer has been charged under the Police Act with intervening in a ‘serious accident’ involving her nephew.

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Schertzer reportedly allowed him to leave the scene of the car crash in May without officers being able to perform blood alcohol tests.

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Schertzer made his first appearance on three misconduct charges in police court Tuesday morning, but has yet to plead guilty.

According to the notice of hearing, the Division 11 inspector received a call from his daughter on May 1 stating that his nephew had been involved in a « serious accident ». She went to the scene and is also said to have sent one of her officers.

« By calling in a unit from your division, you circumvented the priority system for the benefit of your family, » the document claims.


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Schertzer was the first to speak to her nephew and became actively involved in the investigation, according to the misconduct charges, and after a private conversation with the investigator, her nephew was allowed to leave.

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Since the collision damaged city property, traffic services (TSV) were supposed to be present, but “the TSV officer in charge of the investigation did not have the opportunity to determine whether the Alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the collision and required further investigation.

“The investigation has been terminated following the removal of your nephew,” the notice read. « You failed to ensure a thorough investigation was carried out into the collision. »

Schertzer, a former homicide detective, is also charged with a conflict of interest and failing to take proper notes during the same incident.


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His case follows those of a number of other senior officers accused of misconduct.

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In April, Insp. Chris Boddy was found guilty of misconduct under the Police Act following his conviction in December 2021 of driving nearly three times the legal limit.

Insp. Stacy Clarke faces seven counts for allegedly sharing interview questions with six candidates vying for promotion.

Supt. Riyaz Hussein, who usually heads the police disciplinary court, faces charges himself after his arrest in January for allegedly driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, reckless driving and having alcohol opened in a vehicle following an accident on the motorway. 401 in Pickering.

Schertzer’s husband, John Schertzer, is a now-retired former chief of a Toronto police drug squad who was convicted of attempting to obstruct justice in 2013.

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