SIU Discontinues Kingston Investigation
Case Number: 19-OCI-143
(1 November, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an allegation made against a Kingston Police (KP) officer.
In February of 2019, during the course of another investigation, the SIU was made aware of a woman’s allegation that she had been physically abused by a KP officer. Investigators made multiple efforts to contact the woman and secure a statement from her, but this was of no avail.
Interim Director Martino said, “In the absence of a statement from the woman, there is currently an insufficient foundation from which to continue with an SIU investigation; indeed, the SIU cannot be sure whether the woman’s reported injuries amount to “serious injuries” for purposes of the SIU’s mandate. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file closed.”
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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