The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) today made public its 2007-2008 Annual Report, which was submitted to Parliament by Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. The Chair of the Commission, Paul Kennedy, renewed his call for credible and effective civilian RCMP oversight by strengthening the financial resources and legislative mandate of the CPC. “Applying yesterday’s model of oversight to today’s policing environment falls short of meaningful transparency and accountability,” said Mr. Kennedy.
This year was highlighted by a special request from Minister Day to review RCMP policy and procedures on the use of the conducted energy weapon. This ministerial request reflected the need to respond to increasing public demands for greater clarity and increased input into the development of RCMP policies. The Commission also issued final reports on several highly anticipated investigations and reviews, including those related to the Kingsclear Youth Training Centre, the shooting death of Ian Bush, and the Taxation of Canadian Corporate Dividends and Income Trusts.
These cases and others raised issues that are truly national in scope. The CPC provided recommendations that can be applied across the country. To best fulfill its current mandate and increasing workload, the Commission also completed the implementation of performance-based service standards in its complaints and review process that it established in 2007.
Although both complaints initiated with the CPC and reviews requested by complainants increased substantially this year, the CPC met its performance targets for all of these service standards.
To read the full Annual Report, please visit the Commission’s website at: www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca