Veteran Barrie officer charged with a criminal offence by SIU
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Earlier today, the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged Sergeant Michael Chytuk of the Barrie Police Service with Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Sergeant Chytuk is a 28-year member of the Service.
The charge relates to an incident that occurred at approximately 4:00 a.m. on September 17, 2018, when Barrie Police responded to a reported robbery at a Barrie plaza. Afterwards, an interaction involving the officer and an occupant in the involved vehicle occurred, which resulted in the SIU invoking their mandate.
Under the authority of the Police Services Act of Ontario, Sergeant Chytuk has been suspended from duty with pay and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Monday, February 4, 2019.
The Barrie Police Service’s Professional Standards Unit will be conducting a review of the circumstances of this incident following the completion of the court proceedings.
As the SIU is an independent investigative oversight body, the Barrie Police Service is not in a position to provide any of the underlying details that led to the charge.
All media inquiries may be directed to SIU Communications at 416-622-2342.