News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation of Woman’s Arrest in Orillia

Case Number: 21-PCI-171   

Mississauga, ON (30 June, 2021) ---
On June 2, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU to report that a 30-year-old woman they had taken into custody that date had sustained stab wounds in the course of her arrest.  Following an altercation with a couple of OPP police officers that marked her arrest for trespass to property, in which one-half of a pair of scissors was reportedly produced by the woman and responsible for her injuries and the officers, the woman was taken to hospital for treatment.  

The SIU Director, Joseph Martino, said, “Based on the SIU preliminary inquiries, which included an interview with the woman and a review of her medical records, I am satisfied that the she did not suffer a serious injury within the SIU’s mandate. Accordingly, the SIU is without jurisdiction in this matter, and the investigation is discontinued.”

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Loida Pedro,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342