TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer committed any
criminal offence in relation to a collision in Niagara Falls in November 2007.
The SIU assigned three field investigators and one forensic
identification technician to probe the circumstances of this incident.
The SIU investigation determined that at 4:10 p.m. November 29, 2007 an
unmarked police vehicle being operated by a NRPS officer collided with another
vehicle on Lundy's Lane near Kalar Road. Both drivers suffered non-life
threatening injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
Director Cornish said, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe the
officer in this matter committed any criminal offence. The evidence indicates
the driver of the civilian vehicle turned in front of the police vehicle, and
the officer was unable to avoid the collision."
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, UES,
Telephone: (416) 622-2287 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 2287