Mississauga – An announcement regarding the Safer Ontario Act, 2017 was made jointly today by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Special Investigations Unit Director Tony Loparco released this statement today regarding the proposed changes to the current Police Services Act.
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.