A chief of police shall notify the SIU immediately of an incident involving one or more of his or her police officers that may reasonably be considered to fall within the investigative mandate of the SIU, as set out in subsection 113(5) of the Act.
However, anyone else – be it a member of the public, a coroner, members of the media, a medical professional or a lawyer - may advise the Unit of a situation they believe may require investigation. When an incident is reported by anyone other than the police, the SIU also notifies the involved police service.
The SIU’s investigation of an incident begins at the time of notification and entails a number of actions including:
- Examining and securing all physical evidence
- Seeking and interviewing witnesses
- Monitoring the medical condition of complainants
- Securing police equipment for forensic testing
- Consulting with the coroner if there has been a death
- Notifying next of kin and ensuring complainants and their families are kept up to date
- Awaiting further analysis from outside agencies (i.e. post-mortem report, toxicology, Centre of Forensic Science tests, civilian video or photographic evidence, etc.)