Barrie cop resigns from force, pleads guilty to assault

Officer had been with the Barrie Police Service for 18 years when the incident happened

A Barrie police officer who was involved in an incident with a skateboarder downtown in February 2021 has resigned from the police service and is expected to be sentenced Monday afternoon following a court appearance this morning where Jason Stamp pleaded guilty to assault.

The arrest of the young man on Dunlop Street East was captured on video and posted to social media.

The video shows Stamp striking the man several times.

Police were made aware of a violent arrest on Feb. 4, 2021, and then-Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood requested the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police for the purpose of ensuring an independent investigation.

In April of that year, the OPP charged Stamp with assault and assault with a weapon.

In a news release on Monday, police said Stamp resigned from the Barrie Police Service on Jan. 27, 2023.

“Our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism and conduct in carrying out their duties,” said Chief Rich Johnston said in the news release. “We share the community’s concern when any police officer is involved in a situation that negatively impacts the public trust and thank everyone for their patience as this case made its way through the justice system.”