NAPS police board launches investigation into alleged ‘misconduct’ by police chief

The Nishinabe Aski Police, or NAPS, serves 49 communities in northern Ontario. Photo: APTN

The board of directors of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) says it is suspending Roland Morrison from his role as chief pending an independent investigation into allegations of “misconduct.”

“The Board has given direction for the immediate suspension, with pay, of Chief Morrison from all duties, pending the outcome of this investigation,” said a short release sent Friday afternoon by the board.

Morrison has been a police officer with NAPS since 1997 and was named chief in 2019. He’s a member of the Chapleau First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

The statement from the board didn’t say what the nature of the allegations are.

“In the interim, Deputy Chief Brad Duce has agreed to serve as Acting Chief of Police, pending the appointment of an Interim Chief of Police for the duration of the investigation into Chief Morrison’s conduct,” said the statement. “Acting Chief Duce has had a longstanding and respected career with NAPS.”

NAPS serves 34 communities in northern Ontario and has about 270 employees including 230 officers.

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