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News Release

Barrie Police Service Officers Charged

Case Number: 09-OCI-163

Mississauga (1 October, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that three Barrie Police Service (BPS) officers are criminally responsible for injuries sustained by a Barrie man in July of this year. The Director has caused criminal charges to be laid against the officers.

On July 5, 2009, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the officers responded to a reported domestic dispute at the Barrie residence of 61-year-old Michael Ullman. There was an interaction between him and the officers, and Mr. Ullman was arrested. A short time later, he was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital where he was treated for a broken left arm.

Constable Kevin Calleja, Constable Nathan Bowman and Constable Marco Coniglione of the BPS are each facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

A summons was served on the officers on Thursday, October 1. The officers are compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on October 26, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in courtroom 9 to answer to the charges. 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 fair trial interests, 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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342