The OPP is overseeing the police investigation dubbed Project Brazen 2 looking into Mayor Rob Ford and his associates. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair made the request on Wednesday.
Newstalk 1010 spoke exclusively with OPP commissioner Chris Lewis when the news broke, as he was one his way to testify at a committee at Queen's Park.
Lewis says Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair's explanation to him made complete sense, explaining Blair wanted the public to be confident in the outcome of the investigation.
In a statement, Blair says "I am taking this step to avoid the distractions that have assumed such recent prominence. The only public interest here is the continued investigation, without fear or favour, into evidence of possible criminality."
Lewis explains to Newstalk 1010 that Toronto police officers will still be investigating just reporting up the OPP food chain instead of Blair. An inspector from the OPP's major crimes unit will be overseeing things directly.
He says the OPP may bring in other officers down the line but that's not the plan right now.
Lewis says he's not concerned about any political distractions, pointing to being involved in other government investigations. He says it's an investigation involving a mayor he has nothing to do with.
Last week, the Mayor's brother Doug Ford alleged that Blair was part of a conspiracy to help mayoral candidate John Tory.
The police chief has denied allegations that the investigation is political.
Project Brazen 2 is the investigation into the Mayor that grew out of Project Traveller, a year long guns and drugs investigation.