TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) welcomes proposed legislation that would, if passed, strengthen the police complaints system.
"I supported the recommendations in Justice Tulloch's Independent Police Oversight Review and I welcome the proposed Safer Ontario Act, 2017. Members of the public have told Justice Tulloch and they have told me that they do not have confidence in a system where police services investigate themselves. This legislation would, if passed, make my office the sole body to investigate public complaints of police misconduct. It would expand our mandate to First Nations Police and special constables, and allow me to initiate investigations in the public interest without a public complaint.
"I support increased openness and transparency in the police complaints system, and with the proper resources I am committed to implementing the proposed legislation to ensure public confidence in civilian oversight of police."
– Gerry McNeilly, Independent Police Review Director
- The OIPRD receives, manages and oversees all public complaints against the police in Ontario. This currently includes Ontario's municipal and regional police services and the Ontario Provincial Police.
- The OIPRD was established under the Independent Police Review Act, 2007, and began work in October 2009.
- The OIPRD receives approximately 3,000 complaints per year. About half of those go to an investigation. The OIPRD currently retains some complaints, but refers the majority to police services for investigation.
- The OIPRD has a staff of 52.
SOURCE Office of the Independent Police Review Director
For further information: Rosemary Parker, 416-314-4517, www.oiprd.on.ca