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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.”

The Cana­dian Press

RCMP Com­mis­sioner William El­liott an­swers a ques­tion from the me­dia at a press con­fer­ence at RCMP head­quar­ters in Ottawa, Thurs­day.

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