Vancouver, B.C. (Canadian Press) – The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says creation of a new civilian agency is the best way to ensure accountability of the RCMP and restore public confidence in Canada’s national police force.
In a submission to Paul Kennedy, the chairman of the Commission for Complaints Against the RCMP, the association says the current complaint system is broken and a new civilian agency is the solution.
The association notes it has made 14 death-in-custody complaints involving the RCMP since 2005 but none of the complaints has been resolved.
It says it has lost confidence in the system because the current commission summarily terminates civil liberties complaints, delays investigations and appears unwilling or unable to effectively police the Mounties.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is calling for an adequately funded civilian agency that answers to Parliament and can review complaints against the RCMP, rather than letting the force investigate itself.
The submission is a part of a “public interest” complaint involving deaths-in-custody that is currently being considered by Kennedy.