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News Release

No Basis to Charge Officer who Used Police Service Dog to Apprehend Man in Oshawa

Case Number: 19-OCI-268

Mississauga, ON (19 June, 2020) ---
On the evening of November 12, 2019, a 27-year-old man who was under police guard escaped from an Oshawa hospital. Based on information received, officers located the man at an apartment building. A police service dog was used in the man’s apprehension and inflicted several bite wounds to the man’s left leg. While the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, says the officers may have been better advised to confront the man ahead of releasing the dog, Director Martino has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 



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, 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