These Toronto cops have been suspended with pay for three and a half years and counting

Due to a time limit placed on misconduct charges under the province’s Police Services Act — six months after an incident or after a complaint has been made — Toronto police have had to appeal to the civilian police board for permission to lay misconduct charges in this case.

It has been more than three years since a female parking enforcement officer, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, came forward with allegations she was sexually assaulted by the off-duty officers in a downtown hotel room.

An investigation was launched by Toronto police professional standards, resulting in the criminal charges.

Meaghan Gray, a spokesperson for the Toronto police, said in an email this week that an appeal has been drafted “and submitted to the board for consideration.”

It’s not clear when that appeal was made. Gray said she did not know the date it was sent, and a Toronto police board spokesperson said decisions about police misconduct charges beyond the six-month time limit are confidential — a decision made by the board at an April 2016 meeting.