Mayor Coderre supports additional measures in probe of Mtl police department

Mayor Coderre wasted little time in reacting to announcements on Friday by Quebec's Public Security minister in the wake of the Montreal police department whistleblower scandal.

Earlier this week, two former organized crime investigators with the Montreal police appeared on a TV show and accused the force of corruption and fabricating evidence.

The men alleged members of the force's internal affairs department embellish or fabricate evidence against lower-ranking officers who fall out of favour.

The mayor said he agrees with Martin Coiteux after announcing additional measures, including municipal forces from Quebec City, Longueuil and Gatineau now helping provincial police because the number of allegations has risen in recent days.

Coiteux also said the role of the RCMP in the investigation will be increased.

In addition to adding police forces to the investigation, Coiteux said a separate administrative probe will look specifically at how Montreal police handles internal investigations and how the force operates.

The allegations prompted Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet to ask provincial police to investigate as he acknowledged he was concerned the allegations would undermine public confidence in his force.

In a late afternoon news conference, Coiteux said he was adding manpower because the new allegations were "more complex'' and more officers were needed to make sure the probe remained impartial.

Coderre also said Pichet has his confidence.

Police said anyone with information about allegations is asked to call the SQ in confidence at 514 598-4336.