St. Thomas Police Officer Charged by Special Investigations Unit
As the result of an investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Unit that began in early September, Constable Sean James of the St. Thomas Police Service has been charged criminally with one count of Assault Cause Bodily Harm contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
On September 1, 2022, officers from the St. Thomas Police Service observed a 29-year-old male who was wanted on multiple arrest warrants. Officers attempted to locate the male who fled on a bicycle. The male eventually dropped the bicycle and ran, evading police arrest. Eventually, officers caught up with the male and took him into custody.
The male person sustained an injury during his arrest. As a result, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified and invoked their investigative mandate.
It remains our practice to be as transparent as possible with the public, having regard to the sensitivity of investigations and the limits placed upon us in releasing information in certain circumstances. When the SIU is engaged in an investigation such as this, we are prevented, by legislation, from discussing any further details.
Constable James will remain on active duty as the Canine handler pending the court proceedings.