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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injury Sustained by Woman Lodged in Grand Bend OPP Cell

Case Number: 17-PCI-241

Mississauga, ON (18 October, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 20-year-old woman last month in Grand Bend.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017, the woman was arrested in downtown Grand Bend by Ontario Provincial Police officers for being intoxicated in a public place. She was transported to the Grand Bend OPP detachment and lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the woman struck the cell wall with her right hand.  She was transported by ambulance to hospital where she was diagnosed with a hand injury.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence collected in the course of the SIU’s initial inquiries established that the woman’s injury was self-inflicted. As such, this incident does not fall within the mandate of the SIU and therefore this investigation has been terminated.”

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, 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