New Director Appointed to Special Investigations Unit
Scarborough Crown Attorney to Lead Ontario’s Police Oversight Body
Ontario has appointed a new director to oversee the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Tony Loparco, who currently heads the Scarborough Crown Attorney's Office, has more than 23 years of experience in the justice system. Mr. Loparco has prosecuted many serious cases on behalf of the province, including high-profile murder charges and gang-related cases. He has also played a key role in several initiatives aimed at reducing the number of youth in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Loparco will take over as director on October 16, 2013, replacing outgoing SIU director Ian Scott whose five-year term makes him the longest-serving director since the SIU was established in 1990.
- The SIU is an independent oversight body responsible for conducting criminal investigations into serious injuries and deaths arising in the course of police work throughout the province.
- Ontario was the first province in Canada, and one of the few jurisdictions in the world, to establish an independent, civilian-led agency with the power to both investigate and charge police officers with a criminal offence.
“I would like to thank Ian Scott for his dedication, integrity and professionalism, serving in one of the toughest public sector posts there is. Today, the SIU is a model of civilian oversight of police, both here in Canada and around the world. I look forward to working with Tony Loparco to build on the SIU’s reputation as a strong, independent and effective organization that has the confidence of the people of Ontario and the police.”