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News Release

SIU Lays Charge against Peel Regional Police Officer

Case Number: 16-OVI-225

Mississauga, ON (11 May, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer who struck another officer with his vehicle in August of 2016 committed a criminal offence. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.    

The SIU investigation found the following:
  • In the morning hours of Sunday, August 28, 2016, the PRP Communications Centre received calls regarding a break and enter in progress. Police officers were dispatched.
  • The subject officer was driving a police cruiser north on Mississauga Road. At the intersection of Mississauga Road and Barbertown Road, the subject officer’s cruiser struck a police officer who was directing traffic at the intersection.
  • The police officer was injured and transported by ambulance to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, PRP Constable Thomas McLean is facing one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 249(3) of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on May 29, 2017. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, 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. 

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