June 11th, 2019 - Statement from Chief Chris Herridge regarding Constable Garry
This has been a difficult time for the victim, the community and our Police Service.
It is always very disappointing when an officer is charged with a criminal offence,
it is disheartening for our members and we understand it is for the community as
On September 7, 2017 the St. Thomas Police Service received information about the
conduct of Constable Garry Christiansen which was immediately forwarded to the Special
Investigations Unit. PC Christiansen, who had been with the St. Thomas Police Service
since January 3, 1990, was placed on suspension.
As a result of the SIU investigation, PC Christiansen was charged with a number
of serious sexual related offences. PC Christiansen remained on suspension until
he resigned his position on June 10, 2019. Our cooperation with the Special Investigations
Unit clearly demonstrates every person, regardless of their employment, will be
held accountable for their actions.
On June 11, 2019, Constable Christiansen plead guilty to one count of Sexual Interference.
The matter was adjourned until September 18, 2019 for further submissions regarding
I want to assure the community, especially the victim in this matter, that this
is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the
law and keep our communities safe
Chief of Police
St. Thomas Police Service