The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP releases its Annual Report for 2008-2009

    News Release Highlights

    - Public complaints received by the CPC against RCMP members increased
      by 34.5%.
    - The CPC is currently investigating in-custody deaths that involved the
      use of a Taser by a RCMP member.
    - RCMP Taser use policies, training and reporting requirements have
      changed as a result of the CPC's June 2008 Taser report.
    - The CPC anticipates releasing its final report on the Robert Dziekanski
      Taser incident no later than Labour Day.

    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission for Public Complaints
Against the RCMP (CPC) released its 2008-2009 annual report today. The
36-page, user-friendly report details all CPC activities and endeavours
conducted over the past fiscal year.
    Civilian oversight remains a key tool throughout the Western world to
help build and maintain public confidence in a police force. No police force
is more important to Canadians than the RCMP. The federal force provides
contracted services to more than 200 Canadian municipalities, 600 First
Nations communities, eight provinces and three territories. As such, the
Mounties play an essential role within Canadian society.
    The goal of the CPC is to ensure that RCMP members are held to the
highest standard of accountability in the conduct of their duties. Key to this
objective is ensuring that Canadians are made aware of, and given access to
the impartial and independent complaints process administered by the CPC on
their behalf.
    This year's annual report outlines a number of seminal investigations and
reports undertaken by the CPC to address critically important issues such as
RCMP Taser use and policies, in-custody deaths, and the use of search and
seizure as a preventative security measure at large civic events.
    In its June 2008 Taser Use Report (2001-2007), the CPC identified 22
recommendations which required immediate implementation by the RCMP on Taser
use policies, training and reporting. The RCMP has made significant progress
and is working closely with CPC. Of note, 2008 Taser use by the RCMP dropped
significantly compared to prior years. The CPC still has remaining concerns
about Taser use, however.
    The CPC is conducting an investigation into all in-custody deaths up to
February 2009 where the use of Taser by a RCMP member was involved. The CPC
has completed its report on RCMP criminal investigations into the conduct of
RCMP members (Police investigating Police). The report was submitted to the
RCMP Commissioner in late May 2009. The report will be publically released in
the coming weeks.
    The CPC is nearing completion of its investigation into the high-profile
Robert Dziekanski Taser incident. The initial report, along with its findings
and recommendations, will be formally submitted to the Minister of Public
Safety and RCMP Commissioner in the coming weeks. The CPC anticipates
releasing the final report no later than Labour Day.
    2008-2009 was an unprecedented year of activity for the CPC. The number
of public complaints against the RCMP received by CPC increased by 34.5%
compared to the year prior. Enquiries, Alternative Dispute Resolutions and
Public Complaints handled by the CPC collectively rose by 20%.
    "The RCMP is a critically important Canadian institution which is faced
with significant institutional and demographic challenges," said Paul E.
Kennedy, CPC Chair. "There is a growing perception of a public trust deficit.
This can be eliminated by greater transparency and accountability. Justice
O'Connor and Mr. David Brown, Q.C. have strongly urged that an enhanced regime
for civilian review of RCMP activities will best serve the institution of the
RCMP. Distrust cannot become the central characteristic of public-police
discourse. The RCMP, its members and all Canadians deserve better."
    The Annual Report is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Nelson Kalil, Manager, Communications, (613)

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