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News Release

Ottawa Police Officers Charged

Case Number: 14-OSA-104

Mississauga (3 November, 2014) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that two officers with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) committed a criminal offence against 32-year-old Ismael Awaleh  in May of this year.  Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officers.    

The SIU was notified of a complaint against the officers relating to an incident which was alleged to have taken place on May 1, 2014. As a result of the SIU investigation, OPS Constables Erin Cavan and Jordan Blonde are each charged with one count of Assault contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Constables Cavan and Blonde are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 161 Elgin Street, Ottawa, on December 16, 2014.  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 accused 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. 

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