Senior Barrie officer charged under Police Services Act following OPP probe

26-year veteran of service reassigned for now

The Barrie Police Service says one of its own has been charged following an outside investigation.

The municipal service was made aware of a potential violation of the Police Services Act and requested the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct the investigation. Since then, provincial police have found grounds to charge a Barrie Police officer with misconduct, contrary to section 80 of the Police Services Act.

“When an allegation against an officer is received, it is taken very seriously. When necessary, to ensure transparency and accountability within the community, a request is made for another police service to conduct investigations of this nature,” said Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood. “The Barrie Police Service holds its members accountable while on duty and off duty and recognizes that public trust and confidence is a cornerstone of policing.”

The officer holds the rank of Inspector and is a 26-year veteran of the service. The Inspector has been reassigned to alternative duties pending the outcome of the Police Services Act proceedings.