Toronto — Director Tony Loparco released this statement today following the release of a report by the Independent Police Oversight Review, headed by the Honourable Michael H. Tulloch:
Director Loparco said, “The Special Investigations Unit welcomes today’s report for its contribution to the process of strengthening Ontario’s system of civilian oversight. I thank Mr. Justice Tulloch and his staff for the important work they have assumed on behalf of Ontario citizens. I would also like to thank the members of the public who took part in the consultations.
“The SIU only saw the report today at 11:30 a.m. As such, the SIU will need some time to fully and carefully consider the contents of the report before making any further comment. That being said, I am committing the SIU to take the steps required to implement the recommendations that may be legislated, with the increased resources Mr. Justice Tulloch has deemed necessary to conduct civilian oversight properly.”
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.