WATCHQuebec widens scope of inquiry into Montreal police after more allegations of dubious practices

The Quebec government is widening the scope of the SQ inquiry into Montreal police following more allegations of dubious practices within the force.

Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux announced this afternoon he's calling an administrative inquiry into the Montreal police department with a special commissioner putting police practices under the microscope.

Coiteux also announced the SQ will be getting assistance from police from Quebec City, Longueuil, Gatineau and the RCMP. The head of the Bureau of Independent Investigations will co-manage the probe but Coiteux said the bureau itself won't be involved because of its limited resources.

Coiteux said he got a call last night informing him about more accusations of shady practices within the Montreal police force including systemic problems in internal affairs investigations.

Coiteux would not say how many allegations came in or the nature of them but that "the extent of the measures that I announced today give you an idea about the concerns I had after receiving the information I got."

Coiteux said he's also asked Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet for a report on the measures he's taking to address the issue. Coiteux was asked repeatedly if he still had trust in Pichet but only replied that they have to shed light on the matter.