(Canadian Press) Vancouver, B.C. – The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says there will be a review of the use of foreign police in Canada after most of one of its complaint against the RCMP was upheld in a ruling by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.
The civil liberties group complained to the commission in 2005, after RCMP in B.C. allowed Texas state troopers on an exchange program called Operation Pipeline to pull over a vehicle during a training exercise aimed at drug suspects.
Among its recommendations, the commission report calls for the RCMP to review Operation Pipeline to ensure any future police exchanges comply with Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But it doesn’t rule out such exchanges between Canadian and foreign police agencies.
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott says in a letter to the complaints commission that he accepts its recommendations, including one that
A lengthy delay by the RCMP commissioner in responding to the 2006 interim report was responsible for the long delay in the release of the final report this summer.