News Release

SIU Lays Charge against Toronto Police Service Officer

Case Number: 17-TVI-004

Mississauga, ON (4 July, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in January 2017. As a result, Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.    

An SIU investigation found the following:
  • In the evening hours of Monday, January 9, 2017, TPS officers responded to the area of McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue East.
  • Police officers located a man riding a bicycle.
  • A police cruiser driven by the subject officer collided with the man’s bicycle.
  • The man was transported to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Cole Robinson is facing one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 249(3) of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto on July 18, 2017. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342