Timmins Police Officer Faces Criminal Charges

Submitted by Inspector M. McGinn
6/4/2004 5:31:37 PM

Mr. James Cornish, Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, today, Friday, June 4th, advised the Timmins Police Service that criminal charges had been laid against Constable Michel Fortin.

As a result of the criminal charges, Constable Fortin has been re-assigned to administrative duties within the Police Service, pending the outcome of the court case.

This is the first time a Timmins Police Officer has been charged by the SIU since the agency was created in 1990.

The Police Services Act requires the police service to conduct a concurrent investigation into all incidents whenever the Special Investigations Unit has investigated an officer. The Timmins Police Service Professional Standards branch is continuing its investigation into the incident that gave rise to the charge laid today by the SIU.

Because this matter is now before the courts, the Timmins Police Service is unable to make any further comment