On Thursday, February 4, 2021, the Barrie Police Service was made aware of a video that was posted to social media that showed an arrest made by a uniformed officer with the Barrie Police Service that took place on Dunlop Street East earlier that day.
Concerned by the images captured in the video and the need for transparency in our community, Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood promptly requested the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances that lead to the arrest, as well as the conduct of the involved officer.
The investigation, which was undertaken by the OPP Professional Standards Unit, has now concluded. On Thursday, April 29, Barrie Police Constable Jason Stamp Police was arrested and charged with Assault and Assault with a Weapon. In accordance with Section 89(1) of the Police Services Act R.S.O. 1990, Constable Stamp, an 18-year member of the Service, has been suspended from duty with pay.
“I thank the Ontario Provincial Police for conducting an independent investigation into the incident that occurred on Dunlop Street in early February,” states Greg Ferguson, Chair of the Barrie Police Services Board. “Accountability is a fundamental component of policing and the commitment of the OPP to carry out a fair and impartial investigation is appreciated.”
“The need for transparency in policing is critical. The Barrie Police Service holds all its members to the highest level of professionalism. I thank the OPP for conducting a thorough and detailed investigation,” says Chief Greenwood.
Now that this matter is before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Barrie Police Service will respectfully refrain from providing any further comments.