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News Release

Bite Injuries to Man in Strathroy a Result of Dog Responding to Perceived Dangerous Situation; No Criminal Charges Warranted

Case Number: 17-PCI-084

Mississauga, ON (16 May, 2018) ---
In April of 2017, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended a Hydro One facility in Strathroy to investigate a break and enter. The person of interest – who had fled – was tracked to a nearby location by a police officer and his police service dog. As a result of the arrest, the man sustained several dog bite injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP Middlesex officer in relation to this incident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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