Ontario's Police Review Director Nominated


    McGuinty Government Creating New Fair And Effective Police Review System

    TORONTO, May 2 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The province has nominated Gerry McNeilly as Director of Ontario's new
independent police review system, expected to be in place next year.
    As Director, McNeilly would help build the new system and lead a new,
independent civilian organization to handle public complaints about municipal
and provincial police in Ontario.
    The creation of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director is
part of the government's response to former Chief Justice Patrick LeSage's
2005 report on the police complaints system in Ontario. The report included a
call for the creation of an independent civilian review body for public
complaints about municipal and provincial police in Ontario.
    McNeilly's nomination is subject to appointment by the Lieutenant
Governor in Council.

    QUOTES

    "Gerry McNeilly is an excellent choice to head up Ontario's new police
review system. I know that under his leadership, we can implement a system
that has the confidence of both the police and the public," said Attorney
General Chris Bentley.
    "I am delighted that Gerry McNeilly has accepted this nomination. His
broad experience and professional stature make him the ideal candidate to
bring the new police review legislation into reality," said Mr. LeSage.QUICK FACTS

    -   McNeilly is a former Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the Ontario
        Human Rights Tribunal (now the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario) and
        has also served as a justice of the peace and deputy judge. For the
        last nine years he has served as the Executive Director for Legal Aid
        Manitoba.

    -   The new system was established by the Independent Police Review Act,
        2007, unanimously passed by the legislature on May 15, 2007.

    -   In carrying out his review, Mr. LeSage travelled extensively across
        the province and met with over 200 individuals from more than
        85 groups, representing both the public and police.LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Independent Police Review Act, 2007
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2007/20070515-bill-103-
nr.asp).

    Read Mr. LeSage's report
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/LeSage/) on the
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    BACKGROUNDER
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       GERRY MCNEILLY NOMINATED AS DIRECTOR OF NEW POLICE REVIEW SYSTEM

    BIOGRAPHY

    Gerry McNeilly has spent the past nine years as Executive Director of
Legal Aid Manitoba, a quasi-independent body reporting to the provincial
Department of Justice. He oversaw a $22 million budget and supervised a staff
of 170, including lawyers.
    Prior to that, he served for four years as the Chair of the Board of
Inquiry for the Human Rights Tribunal - now the Human Rights Tribunal of
Ontario. McNeilly helped transform the Human Rights Tribunal from an ad hoc
organization to a standing tribunal, which involved developing rules,
procedures, and processes as well as hiring and training adjudicators and
mediators.
    McNeilly has also served as a justice of the peace and deputy judge. He
has extensive experience in change management and was involved in the
establishment of the Unified Family Court System in Ontario.
    He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from York University and his LLB from
Queen's University Law School.

    ONTARIO'S NEW POLICE REVIEW SYSTEM

    Under the new system, the Independent Police Review Director will lead a
new civilian organization to handle public complaints about municipal and
provincial police in Ontario. This will allow for independent, civilian review
at three important stages:

    -   The Director and his or her officials will be responsible for the
        intake and initial screening of public complaints about the police.
        Frivolous, vexatious or otherwise inappropriate complaints would be
        weeded out.

    -   Once screened, the Director will decide who would investigate. The
        Director will have the ability to investigate where appropriate, or
        refer it to the subject police service, or another police service.

    -   Following substantiation, if it is not resolved informally, the chief
        of police would make decisions about discipline. The Director will
        review these decisions.

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For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210