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News Release

Reporting on Status of SIU Investigations

Case Number: CaseStatus

Mississauga, ON (16 July, 2018) ---
The Unit is mandated with investigating incidents involving police that have resulted in serious injury, death, or an allegation of sexual assault. Due to complexity or circumstances, these investigations can require a significant amount of time to complete. The length of time might be impacted by factors such as how long it took to conduct interviews and/or gather and analyze evidence. In many instances, the Unit must also await receipt of reports from outside organizations such as the Centre of Forensic Sciences or the Coroner’s Office. While the SIU recognises it is important to resolve cases in a timely manner, the thoroughness of the investigation must take precedence over the length of time it takes to finish an investigation. 

In an effort to keep the public up-to-date on the progress of SIU investigations, the SIU has begun to proactively provide updates on each investigation via the Unit’s website at https://www.siu.on.ca/en/case_status.php.

This practice began July 1, 2018. Both open and closed cases from this year and last year are listed, and include the case number, case type, involved police service, when the SIU was notified and the status of the case. The ability to filter the information in several different ways is also available. 

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