July 31, 2019

Investigative Review Framework Update: Members Announced

The OIPRD’s systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service resulted in a number of recommendations including the formation of a multi-discipline investigation team to review the deaths of nine indigenous persons. The TBPS has worked diligently to address the recommendations from the report. On June 18, 2019 Chief Hauth presented the Thunder Bay Police Services Board with an update as to the progress in addressing these important recommendations and to advise of next steps.

The June 18th report to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board stated that it was decided, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, that nine (9) of the cases identified by the OIPRD will be reviewed by an independent, multi-disciplinary and multiagency team to determine investigative steps.

There will be a three-tiered oversight framework to manage and conduct the reviews, and ultimate reinvestigations. The three tiers are:

  1. Executive Governance Committee
  2. Investigative Resource Committee
  3. Blended Investigative Team

Today, the Thunder Bay Police Service is announcing the composition of the three tiers.

Executive Governance Committee

  • The Honourable Stephen Goudge
  • Chief Sylvie Hauth, Thunder Bay Police Service
  • Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner of Ontario
  • Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist and Deputy Chief Coroner (Ontario)
  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

Investigative Resource Committee

  • Dr. Kona Williams, Forensic Pathologist – Director of Sudbury Forensic Pathology Unit
  • Dr. Barry McLellan, Investigating Coroner
  • Susan Orlando, Crown Attorney
  • Kimberly Murray, Indigenous Justice Division – Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Other experts will be utilized as required

Blended Investigative Team

  • Detective Superintendent Ken Leppert (Ret – OPP)
  • Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Detective Constable
  • 5 Thunder Bay Police Service Detective Constables

More information, including projected timelines for this investigative process can be found in the Thunder Bay Police Service OIPRD Recommendations Update Report on the following webpage: https://thunderbaypolice.ca/Systemic-Update