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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Police Service Dog Bite Sustained by Man in Chatham

Case Number: 18-OCI-314

Mississauga, ON (10 October, 2019) ---
In the early morning of October 24, 2018, a 27-year-old man was arrested by Chatham-Kent Police Service officers. One of those officers used his police service dog to assist in locating the man prior to his arrest. The dog bit the man’s left thigh and right hand. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

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