Montreal's interim top cop not getting second mandate

The interim head of the Montreal police department will be leaving the job one year after he was appointed to the post.

According to the Journal de Montreal Martin Prud'homme will not be given a second mandate and will step down in December while tabling his final report on how to reorganize the province's largest municipal police department.

Prud'homme, who has been on loan from the Sûreté du Québec, was appointed to the position by former Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux after a report found the force was rife with irregularities, misconduct, favouritism and tribalism.

The department's internal affairs division was accused, by two former organized crime investigators, of embellishing or fabricating evidence against other officers.

Two months into his one-year mandate Prud'homme cut several senior roles within the force to improve its effectiveness.

According to the newspaper, Prud'homme's final report will suggest the next chief of police be someone who was not involved in any of the internal clan wars, which significantly reduces the number of potential candidates.

It's believed Prud'homme will return to his position as chief of the Sûreté du Québec.