The Special Investigations Unit has started an investigation into the Kenora OPP.

On Monday at approximately 8:45 p.m., 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 OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit, which has invoked its mandate. As a result, the OPP are not able to provide any further information regarding the incident.

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
- Rreport the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

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