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News Release

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 11-PVI-200

Mississauga (12 January, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to a vehicle collision in London in October 2011.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The SIU was informed on October 1, 2011 that earlier in the day, a police vehicle was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle at the intersection of Glanworth Drive and Colonel Talbot Road.  An OPP officer sitting in the passenger seat of the cruiser sustained serious injuries.  An investigation was launched by the SIU.  As a result of the findings, the driver of the police vehicle, Constable James Morrow, is facing one charge of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm contrary to s. 249(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Cst Morrow is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on February 23, 2012.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342