QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 4, 2008, Mr. Jacques
Dupuis, Minister of Public Security, tabled before the National Assembly the
annual Police Ethics Commissioner's management report for the period between
April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008.
The Police Ethics Commissioner is a free-standing, independent
institution responsible for the civilian oversight of Québec police officers
and special constables, and of highway controllers of the Société de
l'assurance automobile du Québec. To this end, the Commissioner receives and
investigates complaints from the public and, if appropriate, enforces the Code
of ethics of Québec police officers through conciliation between the parties
or citations before the ethics tribunal
- Service accessibility
- An in-depth review of our web site centred on more accessible
(language, interactivity, etc.) and more complete information in which
current ethics-related events (including recent decisions of the ethics
tribunal) are given top priority.
- During the fall of 2007, the establishment of on-line services allowing
citizens to exercise their ethics rights through our web site.
- Continued implementation of an unprecedented communication plan with
- Resulting 6.4% increase in the number of complaints, totalling
1,459 police ethics complaints.
- The agency's performance
- Adoption, in close collaboration with our entire staff, of a new
Declaration of services to citizens specifying the level and quality of
the services the Commissioner is expected to provide.
- Reorganization of the processes which, this year again, allowed us to
lower the average complaints processing time from 74.8 to 73.1 days, an
- The remarkable continued success of the conciliation procedure (79.8%).
- Keeping at 5.9% the number of complaints requiring a formal
investigation (a stage in the ethics process that requires the use of
considerable resources). It concerns the consolidation of the ethics
system's diversion introduced by an important legislative reform in
- Tabling of 134 investigative reports, including the 75% unrelated to
criminal investigations or judicial proceedings that were submitted
within 133 days.
- Increased swiftness of the decision process following investigation,
the average delay for a decision rendered following investigation was,
until recently, 263 days. In fact, for this year only it was 60.2 days,
excepting the files of previous years which required some catching up
(in their case the average delay was 100.43).
- Development of the preventive approach
- Implementation of an applied Code of ethics in our on-line web site to
make the scope of ethics rules more widely known so that the commission
or repetition of reprehensible behaviours can be avoided.
- Various recommendations made to police services to avoid situations
considered detrimental, including:
- Places used to ensure the confidentiality of strip searches;
- Maintenance of inmate registries;
- Lack of washroom facilities in detention.
- Involvement in government proceedings and police work to fight racial
profiling and other forms of illicit discrimination.
- Information exchange meetings with the management of police services,
their internal affairs officers and the trainers.
- Training provided in the form of lectures given to the new cohorts of
the Ecole nationale de police du Québec.
- Participation of the Commissioner as a member of the Commission de
formation et de recherche (research and training board) of l'Ecole
nationale de police du Québec.
The unedited version of this management report is available on the
following web site:
Me Louise Letarte
Telephone: (418) 643-7897
For further information:
For further information: Me Louise Letarte, (418) 643-7897