REVIEW RECOMMENDS SWEEPING CHANGES TO POLICE OVERSIGHT IN ONTARIO
Apr 06, 2017
By Bob Komsic
The Wynne government’s committed to releasing all past and future reports from the province’s police watchdog and will also mandate police oversight agencies to collect race-based information.
That promise from Attorney General Yasir Naqvi following Thursday’s release of a review by Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch.
He makes 129 recommendations ranging from calls for greater transparency, the collection of demographic data to the creation of a new professional policing college and special legislation to confirm the importance and independence of oversight agencies.
The attorney-general says the timeline for release of Special Investigations Unit reports from 2005 to today is this December.
Reports between 1990 and 2004 are expected to be released by the summer of 2018.
The review says the SIU should report publicly on all its investigations and provide detailed accounts of cases where no charges are laid against an officer.
The SIU director has issued a statement welcoming the review.