The events on August 27th, 2016 that resulted in the matter of Constable Jarrott Forsyth coming before the courts are unfortunate and do not reflect the core values and the expectations of members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
The officers and civilian staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service are held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens in our community. It is clear that the actions of a few people have negatively impacted the image of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and the excellent work that the majority of our staff do on a daily basis. Our main priority is, and will always be to work collaboratively with our community partners to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie.
The criminal charges have been heard before the courts and we respect the outcome of those proceedings.
Moving forward, I wish to assure the public that I have taken disciplinary actions in regards to these events and I will continue to do so as the matter evolves.
We will be reviewing the information made available at trial with our legal counsel to determine if any of the officers present during this event breached the code of conduct as set out in the Police Services Act.
Although the courts have passed judgment on an officers criminal conduct, members of the police service are also held accountable to separate and distinct proceedings under the Police Services Act. Any violation, including the actions of Constable Forsyth will be subject to the provisions of the Police Services Act.
On behalf of all members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service I wish to apologize for these embarrassing actions and the negative impact that this situation has had on the police service and our community. Our community and our partners expect us to be better than this and I assure you we will be better.
– Statement from Chief Keetch