26 November 2012



Executive Director, Ottawa Police Services Board



Chief of Police, Ottawa Police Service







That the Ottawa Police Services Board receive this report for information.




In May 2012 Ottawa Police received several 911 calls about an individual standing on the railing of an overpass.  Officers were dispatched along with Emergency Medical Services. The callers to 911 provided updates as officers were enroute.  The male continued to stand and sit on the railing.


As officers arrived on scene, the individual jumped from the overpass.  The individual landed on a hard surface, after a 20 meter fall.  The individual was rescued by Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.  The individual was transported to hospital and diagnosed with two broken ankles, two dislocated hips and a broken orbital bone. 


The Special Investigations Unit was contacted and invoked its mandate.




Special Investigation Unit Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit advised the following:


“The investigation by this unit has been completed, the file has been closed and no further action is contemplated.


In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the named subject officer committed a criminal offence in relations to the serious injuries sustained by the complainant.


It is much more likely that the complainant received these serious injuries as a consequence of the 20 meter fall and not as a result of any interaction with the subject officer.”


Professional Standards Section Investigation


Pursuant to section 11 of Regulation 267/10 of the Police Services Act, an investigation was conducted by the Professional Standards Section to determine if the policies of, or services provided by, the Ottawa Police Service were adhered to at the time of this incident, and to determine if the conduct of the police officers was appropriate.


The results are as follows:


Conduct:  There were no conduct issues identified.


Policies:  The following policies were reviewed; First Officer on Scene, Special Investigations Unit and Mental Health. There were no issues identified.


Service:  Officers attended the scene, and provided assistance to the individual and ensured prompt medical assistance was received. There were no issues identified. 



No further action to be taken on this matter.




(Original signed by)



Charles Bordeleau

Chief of Police





Responsible for report:  Superintendent Terrance Cheslock