Tabling of the 2007-2008 Police Ethics Commissioner's Annual Management Report



    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

    
    Highlights

    - 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
      our clienteles.
    - 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
      unequalled performance.
    - 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
      1997.
    - 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:

   
www.deontologie-policiere.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/deonto/documents/publications-
administratives/commissaire/Commissaire-rapport-annuel-2007-2008.pdf

    Source:

    Me Louise Letarte
    Telephone: (418) 643-7897
    
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