Ottawa Police Officer Charged



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that
an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer is criminally responsible in connection
with an incident that resulted in injuries sustained by an Ottawa man and has
caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.
    On May 11, 2009 an off-duty OPS officer became involved in a physical
altercation with a 43 year old man in a parking lot at the Ottawa
Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The man sustained injuries and the
SIU commenced an investigation.
    Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director caused a
charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to section 267(b) of the
Criminal Code of Canada to be laid against 35 year old Constable Shyldon
Safruk.
    Constable Safruk was arrested on June 23, 2009. He was later released on
a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking. He is required to attend at the
Ontario Court of Justice, Elgin Street, Ottawa at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday July
9, 2009, to answer to the charge. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the
Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.
    As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair
trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no
further comment pertaining to this investigation.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.





For further information:

For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications, Service des
communications, UES, Telephone, No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529

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