News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Police Pursuit, Dog Bites Suffered by Man in Peterborough

Case Number: 23-OCI-088   

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SIU Investigating Peterborough Incident

Mississauga, ON (11 July, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Peterborough Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with dog bites suffered by a 30-year-old man during his arrest following a high-speed pursuit in March. 

On March 18, 2023, officers were notified of a driver colliding with other vehicles in the King Street parkade. An officer saw the vehicle in question, an SUV, driven by the man. The man struck the police vehicle and fled southbound on Aylmer Street. The man crashed into a fence in the Morrow Park area, ran away on foot and a police service dog was deployed. The man was bit on his left and right thighs.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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