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11 Nov 2021

A Webinar Was Held Between the State Inspector’s Service and the Ontario Special Investigative Unit (SIU)

The State Inspector’s Service held an online meeting with the Special Investigative Unit of Ontario Province of Canada which investigates crimes committed by police.

The meeting aimed to deepen cooperation between the agencies and share successful international practices. The webinar was opened by the State Inspector Londa Toloraia and the Director of Ontario Special Investigative Unit (SIU) Joseph Martino.

During the meeting the following key topics were discussed: the mandate of the special investigative mechanism of Ontario, legal and practical guarantees ensuring the independence of the body, the leverage they have to conduct an effective investigation and the scope of investigative and prosecutorial powers. The parties also discussed common challenges and ways to address them.

The Director of Ontario Special Investigative Unit (SIU) provided the staff of the State Inspector’s Service with the history of creation of the Special Investigative Unit, the mandate of the body, rules on responding to alleged offences by police, statistics of launching investigation and prosecution, issues related to coordination between the investigative body and the Ministry of Attorney General.

Londa Toloraia thanked the Director of Ontario Special Investigative Unit (SIU) for his personal participation in the meeting and for sharing important experience. For his part, Joseph Martino positively assessed the steps taken in a short period of time and  the results achieved by the State Inspector’s Service.

Up to 30 representatives of the State Inspector’s Service participated in the interactive meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the parties agreed to coordinate in similar formats and to continue active cooperation in the future.