Aug 28, 2019

Ontario police constable facing 3 charges after 2 incidents

Peel Police
Verbal exchange with supervisor escalated, led to assault with a weapon
By The Canadian Press

(CP) — A 21-year veteran of the Peel Regional Police service in Ontario is facing three criminal charges in two separate incidents.

The force issued a statement on Tuesday saying the charges against Const. Stephen Dudzinski relate to incidents both on and off the job.

They say the on-duty allegations involve a confrontation with a supervisor last December.

They allege a verbal exchange escalated and led to an assault with a weapon, after which Dudzinski was suspended.

Days later, police allege he caused a disturbance and damaged property at a Mississauga, Ont., car dealership.

Dudzinski is facing one count each of assault with a weapon, mischief and causing a disturbance. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 30.  

Peel Police acting chief Ingrid Berkeley-Brown said a Police Services Act investigation will get underway once court proceedings against the officer have been resolved. 

"The actions of the officer while on- and off-duty were serious and investigated as such," Berkeley-Brown said in a statement. "Our members are and will be held accountable for their actions to maintain the trust we have established with our community."