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News Release

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Guelph Police Service Officer

Case Number: 19-OCI-026

Mississauga, ON (9 July, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a Guelph Police Service (GPS) officer in relation to an incident that occurred earlier this year.

At approximately 3 a.m. on February 4, 2019, GPS officers attended a residential building on Carden Street in Guelph to conduct an investigation. Outside the main entrance of the building, a GPS officer became involved in an interaction with a 45-year-old man unrelated to the incident being investigated. The man was arrested and transported to the police station. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries.  

As a result of the SIU investigation, GPS Sergeant Rodney Cox is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

Sergeant Cox is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 36 Wyndham Street South in Guelph on July 23, 2019. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this 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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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