The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency which investigates incidents involving police officers where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. The Unit is independent of the police and is at arm’s length to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
The Director of the SIU is empowered under the Police Services Act with causing criminal charges to be laid against police officers where warranted on the basis of the evidence gathered during an investigation.
Since its inception in 1990, the SIU’s mission has been to nurture public confidence in policing by ensuring that the conduct of police officers, in cases which fall under the SIU jurisdiction, is subject to rigorous and independent investigations. This is reflected in the Unit’s motto: Independent Investigations - Community Confidence.