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News Release

No Charges to Issue Against Officers for Man’s Arrest in Welland

Case Number: 17-OCI-369

Mississauga, ON (25 January, 2019) ---
On the afternoon of December 19, 2017, individuals reported to police that a man was going from house to house and knocking on doors in Welland. Surveillance was set up by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), and the man was observed going into the backyard between two houses. Shortly thereafter, the man was arrested for breaking and entering and was transported to hospital for treatment of injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

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

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