OPP Supports Ontario Human Rights Code
ORILLIA, ON, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
is responding to a July 17, 2014, media release issued by the Ontario
Human Rights Commission (OHRC) whereupon the Commission announced they
were speaking out in the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) systemic review of OPP practices for obtaining voluntary DNA
The OPP is committed to cooperating with the OIPRD systemic review which
is in response to a complaint received alleging that the OPP engaged in
racial profiling when it requested DNA samples from migrant workers
during an aggravated sexual assault investigation in October, 2013.
The OPP is confident of its investigative results and stands by the
conduct of its members who undertook a professional and thorough
investigation that resulted in the arrest and conviction of the person
responsible for this violent crime.
On June 9, 2014 the convicted offender in this investigation was
sentenced to a lengthy term in a federal penitentiary.
The OPP looks forward to the OIPRD decision to ascertain if we can learn
anything from the process that will be an improvement to our approach
to respecting human rights while protecting the public. To respect the
ongoing review by the OIPRD, the OPP cannot make any further comment
about the facts surrounding the complaint.
"The OPP continues to proactively safeguard the rights and protections
afforded all individuals. The OPP does not condone any profiling that
is contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Further, The OPP does not use any law enforcement action that relies
upon stereotypes." - J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, OPP Commissionner
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Sgt Pierre Chamberland
Phone: (705) 329-6860