Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing Announces Investigation into Thunder Bay Police Services – Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ February 11, 2022 (LSNews) In a news release today, the Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing (CPOC) is concerned about the Thunder Bay Police Department (TBPS) the management of discipline within the police service, the conduct of criminal investigations by its officers and the ability of senior management to administer the day-to-day operations of the police service in good faith and in accordance with Police Services Act (Message of public interest).

The CCOP’s concerns are based on the results of a preliminary review conducted in TBPS at the request of Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

Effective February 10, 2022, in order to ensure continued public confidence in the delivery of policing services in Thunder Bay, the COPC, relying on the powers granted by s. 25 of Message of public interestwill initiate an investigation, the terms of which are set out in the attached terms of reference.

The CCOP is an independent quasi-judicial body. The COPC hears appeals, adjudicates applications, conducts investigations and resolves disputes regarding the oversight and delivery of police services. The powers and duties of the COPC derive from the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c. P.15. and in particular Articles 22 & 25 of the Message of public interest.

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THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE BOARD STATEMENT

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board welcomes today’s announcement by the Ontario Civilian Commission on Policing (OCPC) that it will be undertaking an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Service, as asked the Commission on April 29, 2021. We will await the outcome of the investigation and the Commission will act accordingly based on the findings of the CCOP. As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further. Chair Kristen Oliver Thunder Bay Police Services Board

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