Statement from Chief Keetch on Matter of Constable Forsyth

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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 judgement 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.

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  1. Yeah who cares about police killing a depressed man in his own home who hey were called to help…Let’s talk about important stuff like their drinking habits…Good point

  2. Officers caught up in this type of thing involving drinking alcohol in excess, driving afterwards and subsequent altercations should have to attend classes like AA, anger management, etc, as they obviously have a problem with booze and cannot handle it or control themselves.
    The public would surely be directed to do so by the courts, so why not the police which are supposed to be setting an example?

  3. Assault is a criminal offense, that being said this constable is now a criminal and as such he should be relieved of his duty as a police officer and never be able to hold another job in this capacity again.
    Will this be the case, not likely. There seems to be two different laws for police and the public.
    Case in point. Bob Kates, charged and convicted with impaired driving, a criminal offense. Did he lose his job, no siree.
    Another just retired policeman, drunk out of his mind, broadsides a vehicle on 2nd line, heavy damage inflicted. The police show up and tow everything away, no reports made, they fix the truck of the guy that got broadsided and return it to him like nothing ever happened.
    On top of all this, there was no mention of this night in question regarding these police officers involved, driving around impaired between the party they were at, the one constable’s home, the bar, and driving with open bottles of beer in the vehicle.
    A shining example of how cops behave while off duty and it goes far beyond this case. One night I watched three of them leave the bar, all with open beers in hand, obviously blasted, loud voices, sprouting profanities, get in their vehicle and drive off like they were Gods.
    I suspect these things will never change and no none will ever hold these people accountable like your average citizen would be.

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