Peel Police Release Results From Administrative Review

Posted On Friday May 22, 2020

Region of Peel – The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) has concluded their review into the investigation surrounding the deaths of three members of the Harrison family. This follows an internal administrative review, which was conducted by Peel Regional Police in 2018. As previously committed, with the conclusion of the OIPRD investigation, Chief Nishan Duraiappah is now making the internal administrative review available to the public.

“I recognize the significant trauma that these three deaths have had on the members of the Harrison family and the community. This investigation was long, involved and transpired over ten years and before my time with Peel Police,” said Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “The OIPRD report revealed a number of similar themes to our internal review, based on which we have already made numerous changes, and we will continue to make more as they are identified.”

Beginning in April of 2009 and through August of 2013, three members of the Harrison family were found deceased, in separate incidents, within their residence in the City of Mississauga. All three incidents were investigated by officers from the Criminal Investigations Bureau, with support from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau. In 2014, Melissa Merritt and Christopher Fattore were charged with the deaths and appeared before the court in answer to the charges.

Both the administrative and OIPRD reviews were thorough, detailed and were conducted by experienced and professional investigators. Peel Police continues to review the OIPRD report and will ensure all obligations required under the Police Services Act are fulfilled and acted on accordingly.

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