News Release

No Charges to Issue for Officer’s Use of Police Service Dog in Mississauga Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-171

Mississauga, ON (1 May, 2020) ---
On the night of July 24, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers engaged in a pursuit of a pickup truck which was reportedly involved in several break and enters and thefts. Sometime after the pursuit was terminated, that same pickup truck was found to have been involved in a collision. Two people from the truck were located at the scene, and after a search, two other individuals from the vehicle were located hiding in the backyard of a Mississauga residence. A police service dog entered the area and gripped one of the individuals – an 18-year-old female – causing a serious injury that required treatment at hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined the arrest was lawful and that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the K-9 officer was criminally negligent in his use of the dog.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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