The investigation into the Kenora Detachment of the OPP has been terminated, and no officers will face charges.

On May 14, officers with the Kenora OPP were contacted regarding an altercation which took place at the Kenora District Jail earlier that day. The incident occurred while Kenora OPP officers were transporting a prisoner to the jail.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit were contacted, and an investigation into the incident took place. The SIU has now confirmed that the investigation has been terminated.

“Once at the jail, there was an interaction between an officer and one of the individuals being transported, a 21-year-old woman. As a result of that interaction, the woman was examined by a medical professional. As the medical evidence establishes the woman did not sustain a serious injury, the investigation into this incident has been terminated.” The SIU said, in a prepared release.

The Special Investigations Unit 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 Special Investigations Unit 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.

The SIU defines a serious injury as:

“Serious injuries” shall include those that are likely to interfere with the health or comfort of the victim and are more than merely transient or trifling in nature and will include serious injury resulting from sexual assault. “Serious Injury” shall initially be presumed when the victim is admitted to hospital, suffers a fracture to a limb, rib or vertebrae or to the skull, suffers burns to a major portion of the body or loses any portion of the body or suffers loss of vision or hearing, or alleges sexual assault. Where a prolonged delay is likely before the seriousness of the injury can be assessed, the Unit should be notified so that it can monitor the situation and decide on the extent of its involvement.

For more information:
Kenora OPP under investigation

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