Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP - Tabling of Annual Report 2007-2008



    OTTAWA, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission for Public Complaints
Against the RCMP (CPC) today made public its 2007-2008 Annual Report, which
was submitted to Parliament by Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.
    The Chair of the Commission, Paul Kennedy, renewed his call for credible
and effective civilian RCMP oversight by strengthening the financial resources
and legislative mandate of the CPC. "Applying yesterday's model of oversight
to today's policing environment falls short of meaningful transparency and
accountability," said Mr. Kennedy.
    This year was highlighted by a special request from Minister Day to
review RCMP policy and procedures on the use of the conducted energy weapon.
This ministerial request reflected the need to respond to increasing public
demands for greater clarity and increased input into the development of RCMP
policies.
    The Commission also issued final reports on several highly anticipated
investigations and reviews, including those related to the Kingsclear Youth
Training Centre, the shooting death of Ian Bush, and the Taxation of Canadian
Corporate Dividends and Income Trusts. These cases and others raised issues
that are truly national in scope. The CPC provided recommendations that can be
applied across the country.
    To best fulfill its current mandate and increasing workload, the
Commission also completed the implementation of performance-based service
standards in its complaints and review process that it established in 2007.
Although both complaints initiated with the CPC and reviews requested by
complainants increased substantially this year, the CPC met its performance
targets for all of these service standards.

    To read the full Annual Report, please visit the Commission's website at:
www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)
952-2452, nelson.kalil@cpc-cpp.gc.ca

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