A Montreal police officer is being disciplined after being photographed with a woman on his lap while he sat in his patrol car.
Commander Ian Lafrenière, a Montreal police spokesman, says the sanctions could include a suspension from duty.
Lafrenière says the force first heard about the incident on Tuesday night when it appeared on social media. He said the initial reaction was that the grainy photo was faked because there was no indication where it happened or when.
Apparently, the Montreal Police want more information about this photo: pic.twitter.com/xwyVZiBcAq— Justin Hayward (@HaywardCBC) May 28, 2014
No identifying number on the car was obvious. Police later got a tip that the person who took the picture had those details. Lafrenière says it then took about an hour on Wednesday to track down the officer, who was called in to meet with his commander.
"For us, this is completely unacceptable," Lafrenière said.
CTV News identified the passerby who took and posted the photo as Leila Saad, 19, who said she saw the officer parked in an alley near Ste. Catherine Street.
Montreal's CJAD published a video to YouTube allegedly showing the car's occupants.
Lafrenière said police are now investigating what led to the incident and where the officer's partner was. He also said the woman was not naked and there was no sexual act as has been reported.
"We take this seriously," Lafrenière said. "A lot of police officers are not happy now because it's extremely bad for their job, their professionalism. This is not all the force. This is not the way officers are working in Montreal. This is one case."
With a report from Globe staff