Thunder Bay Police Officer Faces Charges

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City Hall Thunder BayTHUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay Police Service Constable is facing multiple Criminal Code charges following an extensive investigation.

Through an internal audit by the Thunder Bay Police Service in January of 2010, serious issues were discovered relating to Ontario Sex Offender Registry records under the control of this Service.  At the request of the Chief of Police, an investigation was then undertaken by the Toronto Police Service Professional Standards Unit.

It is alleged that between 2005 and 2010 that the Constable responsible for the registration of local convicted sex offenders and coordination of the data had falsified a number of records.  Charges have been laid in relation to the records of 12 convicted sex offenders.  The investigation is still ongoing.

43 year old Constable Toni Grann has been charged with 12 Counts of Breach of Trust (Sec 122 C.C.).  Constable Grann is an 11 year member of the Thunder Bay Police Service and has been suspended with pay since March 11, 2010.  Constable Toni Grann has a court date of December 21, 2010.

The entire contents of the Ontario Sex Offender Registry under the control of the Thunder Bay Police Service have been reviewed during the course of this investigation.  The integrity and the accuracy of the data within the registry have been restored.

Background:

• The Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR) is a Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) program that is administered by the Ontario Provincial Police.

• The OPP OSOR Unit is mandated with overseeing training and the management of the OSOR on behalf of the MCSCS and to provide police services with operational support when requested (24/7).

• Once an offender registers with the local police service, the police service of jurisdiction is legislated under Christopher’s Law to verify the registration information at least once a year. Therefore, each police service is responsible for the registered sex offenders in their jurisdiction.

• The Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR) is a modern and effective law enforcement and crime prevention program that automatically notifies police services across Ontario of convicted sex offenders in living in their communities.  The OSOR assists police services to proactively monitor sex offenders and improve investigations of crimes of a sexual nature.

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