Media Advisory - Establishment of the CPC/RCMP Independent Observer Pilot Project - March 21, 2007



    OTTAWA, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), today announced that
his organization and the RCMP have agreed to establish an Independent Observer
Pilot Project: http://www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca/DefaultSite/Whatsnew/iopp
    "I am pleased at this direct response to concerns raised in various
quarters as to the impartiality of RCMP investigations into incidents where
the actions of RCMP members have resulted in serious injury or death, and for
other investigations that are high profile and sensitive in nature," said Mr.
Kennedy.
    He also indicated that, given the significant public interest in this
issue, he has redirected the CPC's limited resources to ensure the Pilot
Project gets underway immediately.
    The Independent Observer Pilot Project will initially involve only the
RCMP's Division in British Columbia ("E" Division), made up of 5,900 regular
members and approximately 1,700 civilian members and public service employees.
It is modelled on the Public Safety Cooperation Protocol signed in 2005
between the RCMP and the Assembly of First Nations. The latter document
commits the parties to work cooperatively to resolve disputes between the RCMP
and First Nation peoples.
    The CPC and the RCMP have agreed to conduct a review of the project in
one year. Depending on the merits of the program and the outcome of the
evaluation, the approach may be implemented nationally.




For further information:

For further information: James Lévêque, Media Relations, (613) 952-2452,
leveqj@cpc-cpp.gc.ca

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