“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.” – Police chief Kimberley Greenwood.
The Barrie police officer involved in an altercation with a skateboarder on Dunlop Street last Feb. 4 has been charged with assault and assault with a weapon following an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
A video of the event was widely distributed on social media, making headlines. Concerned by the images captured in the video and the need for transparency in the community, Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood requested the OPP conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances that lead to the arrest, as well as the conduct of the involved officer.
“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 investigation was undertaken by the OPP Professional Standards Unit. 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.
“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.