Owen Sound: Police Officer Faces Additional Charges Under the Police Services Act

Update: see previous post – June 21, 2014 Owen Sound: Police Officer Charged Under the Police Services Act.

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Constable Brian Follis of the Owen Sound Police, has been employed for eight (8) years and is facing several charges under the Police Services Act. In 2011, he received the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery.  On May 18, 2011, Constable Brian Follis was first to arrive on the scene of a fire in a three-story, commercial and residential building. Flames and smoke were visible from the upper floors of the building and a citizen, who had already rescued a baby from one apartment, informed him that two other people were still inside. Constable Follis rushed up an exterior metal stairway as burning embers began falling from above. A woman fleeing down the stairway told him her boyfriend was still inside. Constable Follis' first attempt to enter the apartment was prevented by heavy smoke and flames. On his second attempt he discovered an incoherent male lying at the top of the stairs. He dragged the man down the stairwell to a landing next to the exterior stairway where two women were standing helpless. Flame and burning debris now blocked the stairway making it impassable. Constable Follis alerted the fire department to the conditions and helped all three to a second storey breezeway where firefighters had raised a ladder. Only after assisting all others and was confident the building was clear did Constable Follis escape down the ladder. His quick intervention and perseverance avoided at least one fatality.
Constable Brian Follis of the Owen Sound Police, has been employed for eight (8) years and is facing several charges under the Police Services Act. As a result of an internal investigation and a personal and sexual relationship with a victim in a crime investigation, Constable Follis now faces an additional 33 charges.

Those charges stemmed from an investigation by an external police service that began in November 2013 in connection with allegations Follis began a personal and sexual relationship with a victim in a crime investigation.

Information from that investigation prompted a secondary investigation, which has led to the additional 33 charges.

An Owen Sound police officer is facing another 33 Police Services Act charges after a continuing investigation into his on-duty conduct.

In June 2014, Const. Brian Follis was charged wtih six counts of discreditable conduct, five counts of neglect of duty, two counts of deceit and one count each of insubordination and breach of confidence.

At that time, the eight-year veteran of the force was suspended from duty and he remains off-duty.

Those charges stemmed from an investigation by an external police service that began in November 2013 in connection with allegations Follis began a personal and sexual relationship with a victim in a crime investigation.

Information from that investigation prompted a secondary investigation, which has led to the additional 33 charges.

Follis has now additionally been charged with 28 counts insubordination, two counts of breach of confidence and one count each of discreditable conduct, neglect of duty and deceit.

The majority of the charges pertain to allegations that Follis accessed police records for purposes not related to his duties.

Follis appeared before a Police Services Act hearing tribunal Monday morning at the Owen Sound police station and the case was adjourned until Oct. 28.

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