Mississauga – The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Brockville Police Service (BPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 31-year-old man in July of 2020. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault, and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offense in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations