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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Port Dover

Case Number: 05-PCI-115

TORONTO (1 September, 2005) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer is not criminally responsible for the serious injury to a young boy on August 8, 2005, in Port Dover.

The SIU investigation revealed that on that date, a 12-year-old youth who was a ward of the Children Aid Society, was participating in a supervised day trip to Port Dover when he went missing at about 11:15 a.m. The police were called and officers from the Norfolk detachment initiated a search for him.

At about 1:00 p.m., an officer patrolling on a police mountain bike found the boy on Lynn Valley trail. The officer pursued him on his bike and then on foot. The boy ran into the backyard of a home on Lynn Valley Road and stumbled on a slight incline just as the officer grabbed him by the shoulder. They both fell down the incline, resulting in the young boy breaking his leg.

Director Cornish stated, "Unfortunately the officer fell on top of the child and the child, whose leg had just entered a hole in the sod, suffered a broken leg. The officer took immediate and appropriate steps to both calm the child and ensure that emergency medical assistance was obtained. The officer's continued and sincere concern for this young boy was obvious throughout the course of our 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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342