(Canadian Press) – RCMP say they welcome a report by the public complaints commission into an incident at the jail in Kamloops that resulted in breach of trust charges against three officers.
Force spokesman Cpl. Laurence Trottier says Commissioner Bob Paulson supports most of the recommendations. However, the report notes that the commissioner does not support the main recommendation – that the force amend its policy around calling in outside agencies when investigations are serious or sensitive.
Trottier says the civilian review process is essential to ensuring public confidence in the RCMP.
The report released Wednesday by the Commission For Public Complaints Against the RCMP details an August 2010 incident in the cells of the detachment in Kamloops. Two women had been arrested separately and were both intoxicated when several officers and civilian guards watched them have sex via closed circuit TV.
While the RCMP’s own investigation was thorough and timely, the commission found that the force failed to recognize situations where there could be a perception of bias and an outside agency should investigate. The report said RCMP in British Columbia co-operated in the commission’s investigation. However, several of the officers involved and one of the civilian guards refused to speak with commission investigators.