RCMP WATCHDOG CALLS FOR REPORT DEADLINES TO ENSURE TIMELY MOUNTIE RESPONSES

Jul 24, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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The RCMP watchdog is calling for statutory timelines to ensure the Mounties respond to complaint findings in a timely way.

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP makes findings and recommendations in complaint cases, but these are then sent to the police force for input before a report is finalized.

Commission chairwoman Michelaine Lahaie told a House of Commons committee Friday the RCMP takes an average of 17 months to respond.

One of the commission’s reports has been waiting for a response for over three-and-a-half years, something Lahaie calls unacceptable in a system where accountability is critical.

She wants to see a recently drafted memorandum of understanding with the RCMP on timelines enshrined in legislation.

The testimony comes amid widespread concern about police brutality and discrimination toward Black and Indigenous people.

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