The video, allegedly recorded during Grey Cup weekend in Winnipeg, shows the male and female officers canoodling with a porn performer identified as Oshean in what appears to be a hotel room.
Justice officials were alerted to the existence of the video yesterday, said Jeff Schnoor, assistant deputy minister of courts.
"We do take the matter seriously," Schnoor said. "An investigation began as soon as it came to our attention."Schnoor said it has yet to be determined if the male and female officer violated any code of conduct provisions by participating in the video. He would not explain why they were placed on leave without pay.
"We have enough information to determine that it is the proper course of action," Schnoor said.
On her website, Oshean, who is based in Winnipeg, describes herself as an "XXX adult web star" who believes sex "is a really great way to make friends."
She describes her video offerings as "REAL reality porn."
Text accompanying the Grey Cup video reads: "Grey Cup weekend closes off with a bang when Oshean gets wild with the hottest (woman) she could find."
Oshean declined comment when a Sun reporter reached her by telephone.
"I suppose you should probably be talking to them," she said of the other two people in the video.
Oshean has two websites. One describes her as an "independent porn star escort" who believes "sex is a recreational activity" and is available for "incalls only" in downtown Winnipeg.
Rates for men and couples are listed on the same site.
Information about Oshean, including her measurements, can also be found on a website listing of Winnipeg escorts.
The online sex romp is the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for the local sheriff's department. Earlier this month, supervisor and former Blue Bomber great Willard Reaves was placed on leave following allegations of unprofessional conduct.Last March a sheriff's officer was charged with arson and fraud after he allegedly torched his own SUV and tried to pin the blame on outlaw bikers.