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Police Board terminates employment of police chief following conviction for sexual assault

April 29, 2022  By Lori Thompson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Apr. 28, 2022, Manitoulin Island, Ont. – Following the April 25 conviction of Terry McCaffrey for sexual assault, the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service has decided to terminate Mr. McCaffrey’s employment, effective immediately.

Justice Elliott Allen rendered his decision of guilt after a four-day long trial held in March.

The Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service Board met Tuesday night in an in-camera session to consider the implication of the verdict on the community and their police service. In light of the finding of guilt, the Board decided to terminate Mr. McCaffrey’s employment. He had been suspended from his role as police chief since the charge was laid by the Ontario Provincial Police in January 2021. In a statement, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the Service provides safe and effective policing to the people of Wilkwemkoong Unceded Territory.

As the matter is still before the courts, the Board will not be making any further comment at this time.


– The Manitoulin Expositor

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