Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP - Chair-Initiated Complaint and Public Interest Investigation - Police Investigating Police - Call for Public Submissions



    OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission for Public Complaints
Against the RCMP (CPC) will conduct a public interest investigation into the
following Chair-initiated complaint:

    
    - Complaint into the conduct of those unidentified RCMP members who have
      conducted criminal investigations into the activities of other RCMP
      members, in cases that involved serious injury or death, which have
      taken place anywhere between April 1, 2002 and March 31, 2007.

    In conducting this public interest investigation, the CPC will not
necessarily examine all such criminal investigations; rather, a sample of
cases will be selected from across Canada drawn from the five regions policed
by the RCMP.
    The CPC's mandate for the Chair-initiated "police investigating police"
complaint is to determine:

    1. whether the RCMP members involved in these investigations conducted
       the investigations:

        a. free of actual or perceived conflict of interest;
        b. responded appropriately and proportionately to the gravity of the
           incident;
        c. responded in a timely fashion; and
        d. adhered to the standards set out in section 37 of the RCMP Act.
        2. whether these same RCMP members complied with all appropriate
           policies, procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements for
           such investigations; and
        3. whether existing RCMP policies, procedures, and guidelines are
           adequate to ensure that fair, effective, thorough and impartial
           investigations are carried out by RCMP members when investigating
           fellow RCMP members.
    

    The CPC will also undertake an examination of domestic and international
models for investigation of actions involving police and civilians that result
in serious injury or death. The Chair of the CPC will make recommendations
regarding how criminal investigations into the activities of RCMP members
could be managed to complement the current investigative process, while also
taking into account domestic and international best practices. Work is already
underway.

    In order to assist the Chair in drafting his final report and
recommendations, public submissions are being sought on any matter relevant to
the Public Interest Investigation, as per the terms of reference outlined
above.

    All final submissions are required no later than March 31, 2008 and can
be sent to:

    Mailing address:
    Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
    c/o Public Submissions, Strategic Policy and Research Division
    Bag Service 1722, Station B
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada
    K1P 0B3

    Email address: org@cpc-cpp.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager CPC Communications, (613)
952-2452

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