Chair-Initiated Public Complaint - Police Investigating Police - RCMP Investigations into other RCMP Members in Cases involving Serious Injury or Death

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul E. Kennedy, Chair of the
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), has initiated a
complaint into the conduct of those unidentified RCMP members who have
conducted criminal investigations into the activities of other RCMP members,
in cases that involved serious injury or death, which have taken place
anywhere in Canada between April 1, 2002 and March 31, 2007.
    Various members of the public and the media have expressed concern about
the propriety of RCMP members investigating other RCMP members, especially in
cases of this nature.
    Accordingly, pursuant to subsection 45.37(1) of the RCMP Act, Mr. Kennedy
is initiating a complaint into the conduct of the RCMP members involved in
such investigations during the time period shown above, specifically:

    - whether the RCMP members involved in these investigations conducted the
      investigations free of actual or perceived conflict of interest,
      whether they responded appropriately and proportionately to the gravity
      of the incident, whether they responded in a timely fashion and whether
      their conduct adhered to the standards set out in section 37 of the
      RCMP Act;
    - whether these same RCMP members complied with all appropriate policies,
      procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements for such
      investigations; and
    - whether existing RCMP policies, procedures and guidelines are adequate
      to ensure that fair, effective, thorough and impartial investigations
      are carried out by RCMP members when investigating fellow RCMP members.

    Furthermore, Mr. Kennedy is instituting a public interest investigation
into this complaint, pursuant to subsection 45.43 (1) of the RCMP Act.

    The full complaint can be found on the CPC website at

For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)
952-2452,; James Lévêque, Media Relations, (613)

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