OTTAWA, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the Commission
for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), today released the final report
on his public interest investigation into complaints received relating to RCMP
investigations of alleged sexual abuse at the Kingsclear Youth Training Centre
in New Brunswick. This public interest investigation, announced in May 2004,
examined allegations that the RCMP had not properly investigated alleged
criminal conduct by RCMP Staff Sergeant Clifford McCann, and Kingsclear staff
and residents. The investigation also considered allegations that members of
the RCMP engaged in activities designed to cover up this alleged criminal
- The CPC found no substantiated evidence that RCMP members attempted to
cover up alleged criminal activities by retired Staff Sergeant McCann.
- The CPC did find inadequacies in the RCMP's criminal investigations,
some serious enough to create a perception of a cover-up.
- The CPC was able to obtain and validate information during its
investigation to answer many of the public's questions and concerns.
The CPC recommends that the RCMP:
- Put in place appropriate accountability at senior levels to continually
monitor the progress of major investigations.
- Provide adequate resources to "J" division for large-scale and
- Maintain a close and professional relationship with the Crown's office,
according to existing policy, while preserving the independence of the
- Examine, amend and enforce all policies related to note taking,
documenting and report writing.
- In the case of criminal investigations into an RCMP member, the RCMP
should task another police force or, at least, an outside RCMP team, to
investigate allegations against its members to limit perceptions of
bias, especially for the affected community.
- Improve its communications policy and approach to better demonstrate
its transparency and accountability to the public.
An executive summary and the full report can be found on the CPC website
The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP is an independent
federal agency established in 1988 to review public complaints about the
conduct of RCMP members in a fair and impartial manner. Its aim is to ensure
public trust in policing through accountability.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Nelson Kalil, Manager,
Communications, (613) 952-2452, www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca; James Lévêque, Media
Relations, (613) 797-5706, www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca