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News Release

Niagara Regional Police Service Police Oficer Charged

Case Number: 07-OCI-129

TORONTO (7 January, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer is criminally responsible for the serious injury to a Toronto man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.

On July 6, 2007, NRPS officers stopped a vehicle being driven by a 53-year-old Toronto man on Dorchester Rd. in Niagara Falls to conduct an investigation. The man was arrested and during the arrest he allegedly suffered a broken arm.

Later on in the afternoon of July 6, 2007, the NRPS became aware of the extent of the man’s injuries and notified the SIU. Four SIU investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances of the arrest.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Christopher Chirico of the NRPS committed the offence of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

A summons has been issued requiring the officer to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on January 30, 2008, to answer to the charge. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.


Frank Phillips
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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. 

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342