News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Woman’s Reported Injury During Arrest in Calabogie

Case Number: 21-PCI-275   

Mississauga, ON (24 November, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a reported injury suffered by a woman during an arrest by Ontario Provincial Police officers last August. 

On August 25, 2021, the woman was arrested at her residence in Calabogie. The woman was sent to hospital upon her arrest and again two days later while in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, where no serious injuries were found. Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, Director Martino found the investigation should be discontinued as the SIU was without statutory jurisdiction in the case. The file has been closed.

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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES