OTTAWA, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Mr. Ian McPhail, Interim Chair of the
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (Commission), today
released the Commission's report on the Nova Scotia RCMP's response to
requests for assistance from Ms. Nicole (Ryan) Doucet.
The Commission's public interest investigation was initiated in response
to a request from Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ross Landry and public concerns relating to the manner in which the
RCMP dealt with issues involving Ms. Doucet prior to her March 2008
arrest for attempting to hire an undercover RCMP officer to kill her
husband. Ms. Doucet alleged that the RCMP failed to protect her from
The Commission's investigation examined whether there existed any
failure by the RCMP to protect Ms. Doucet or to follow its policies
pertaining to domestic violence, and whether the involved members acted
in a manner that would have caused them to ignore a situation where a
victim needed assistance.
The Commission examined the RCMP's records of over 25 occurrences in
which Ms. Doucet, Mr. Ryan or both had some involvement with the RCMP,
12 of which involved direct conflict between the two parties. The
results of two separate RCMP internal investigations of the matter and
various court records were also examined. Finally, the Commission
interviewed Ms. Doucet, Mr. Ryan and the RCMP members involved with
them prior to March 2008.
The Commission made 23 findings, including that:
in the sole instance where domestic violence was reported, the RCMP's
investigation was consistent with its policies pertaining to cases
involving domestic violence;
in all other instances, the RCMP members received no information that
would permit them to form reasonable grounds to believe that Ms. Doucet
was a victim of domestic violence;
the RCMP conducted reasonable investigations and exercised reasonable
discretion with respect to their dealings with the family.
"It is my conclusion that the RCMP did not refuse to assist Ms. Doucet;
on the contrary, RCMP members were responsive to the family's
conflicts," said Mr. McPhail. "I conclude that the RCMP acted
reasonably in each of its dealings with Ms. Doucet and her family, and
did not fail to protect her."
The Commission is an independent agency created by Parliament to ensure
that public complaints made about the conduct of RCMP members are
examined fairly and impartially. The Commission is not part of the
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SOURCE: Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
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