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RCMP Complaints Commission to release public investigation results

The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) will release the results of a year and half long investigation tomorrow morning in Ottawa.

In 2007, the chair of the CPC initiated a complaint that led to the Public Investigation into Police Investigating Police. The investigation had two main focuses. 
The first was to look into the conduct of various RCMP members who have conducted criminal investigations into the activities of other RCMP members in cases that occurred in Canada between April 1, 2002 and March 31, 2007, specifically:

Line management -Whether any actual or perceived conflict of interest. -Appropriateness of management structure and reporting relationships.

Appropriate level of response -Whether RCMP investigative team response to the incident was appropriate and proportionate to the gravity of the incident. -Whether qualified investigators have been assigned.

Timeliness of the response -Whether members of the RCMP investigative team responded in a timely fashion to the incident.

Conduct -Whether the conduct of members of the RCMP investigative team during the course of the investigation was consistent with section 37 of the RCMP Act.

The public investigation also looked into whether these same RCMP members complied with all appropriate regulations, and whether or not existing RCMP regulations are adequate for governing such investigations.

The CPC selected a number of sample cases from across the country to examine for the investigation, and restricted the cases to only those involving serious injury or death.

CPC chair Paul E. Kennedy will release the full report, including his recommendations for RCMP implementation tomorrow morning at 11 am eastern time.

Christine McLaren reports for The Tyee

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