It has been confirmed that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be conducting the investigation into the Dunlop Street arrest and conduct of a Barrie Police Service Officer that took place on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
The OPP Professional Standards Unit will be conducting the investigation. Anyone who was present at the time of the occurrence is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
“In an effort to ensure the process is transparent and accountable I have asked the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct the investigation into the events that took place in Barrie on February 4,” said Chief Greenwood. “I acknowledge the public’s concerns being expressed based on the limited availability of information at this time. I want to assure the community that any findings of misconduct will be pursued. I remain dedicated and supportive of our Service and the continued professionalism of our members during times when our actions are questioned.”
The Barrie Police Service was made aware of the videos posted to social media of an arrest by one of our Officers at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021, on Dunlop Street East in Barrie, Ontario. Chief Greenwood then asked an outside police service to conduct an independent investigation into the events leading to the arrest and the conduct of the Officer.
During this arrest, a 20-year-old Barrie male was charged with Cause Disturbance and Assault with Attempt to Resist Arrest and released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking.