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because it won’t ensure the impartiality a fully independent, civilian investigative unit with a national mandate would bring to probes.
“ That’s the gold standard, that’s the measure that the RCMP ought to go to,” Cullen said, citing Ontario’s unit as a workable model.
“It’s going to take Parliament to get this thing right. The RCMP can make these half-measures, but it’s going to be up to the politicians.
Last August, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP said the Mounties should not investigate their own members in the most serious cases — especially when someone has died — in order to avoid conflict of interest.
Kevin Brosseau, senior director of operations for the commission, said Thursday the RCMP’s plan “is an excellent first step.” But he noted that very few provinces have — or plan to create — investigative units to conduct independent probes of alleged offences involving law enforcement, meaning police will still be probing police in some cases.
Brosseau said it’s up to the remaining jurisdictions to “step up and close the gap” with legislation.
Calling the new policy an interim measure, Elliott said the RCMP encourages the adoption of independent investigative bodies for all jurisdictions.
“It is not a complete solution, and we don’t pretend that it is.”
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott answers a question from the media at a press conference at RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, Thursday.