Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

November 25, 2011 15:30 ET

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an incident involving a woman. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer, a member of the Investigation and Organized Crime Command in the Kingston area.

The SIU was contacted on November 10, 2011, regarding a complaint of a sexual nature against the officer. An investigation was launched, and as a result of the findings, Detective Constable Phil Heymans is facing one charge of Sexual Assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

D/Cst Heymans is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 279 Wellington Street in Kingston on January 10, 2012. The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an arm's length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

Contact Information

  • SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
    Monica Hudon
    416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529