THUNDER BAY – NEWS – A Thunder Bay Police Service Officer faces criminal charges. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe a Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 33-year-old man in April of 2022. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 4:30 pm on April 3, 2022, TBPS officers responded to a bus shelter in front of the Thunder Bay City Hall. There was an interaction between one of the officers and a man, resulting in the man being transported to hospital.
As a result of the SIU investigation, TBPS Constable Andrew Frankow has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code.
As a result, Chief of Police Sylvie Hauth initiated a Code of Conduct investigation pursuant to the Police Service Act and suspended Constable Andrew Frankow, a 4-year veteran of the TBPS, in accordance with the Act. This occurred prior to the Special Investigations Unit commencing their investigation.
The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 125 Brodie Street North in Thunder Bay on July 19, 2022.
This Code of Conduct investigation will continue by the TBPS – Professional Standards Unit upon the conclusion of the criminal proceedings facing the officer. The Thunder Bay Police Service will make no further comment on this incident since it is now a matter before the courts.
As well, in consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.