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News Release

Ottawa Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 09-OCI-103

Mississauga (2 July, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer is criminally responsible in connection with an incident that resulted in injuries sustained by an Ottawa man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.

On May 11, 2009 an off-duty OPS officer became involved in a physical altercation with a 43 year old man in a parking lot at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The man sustained injuries and the SIU commenced an investigation.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director caused a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada to be laid against 35 year old Constable Shyldon Safruk.

Constable Safruk was arrested on June 23, 2009. He was later released on a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking. He is required to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice, Elgin Street, Ottawa at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday July 9, 2009, 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.

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. 

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