‘Recommendations to increase efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility’ in police complaint process

THE Special Committee to Review the Police Complaint Process has presented its unanimous report to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. It made 38 recommendations to increase its efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility.

The legislative assembly appointed the special committee to conduct an audit respecting the outcome or resolution of randomly selected complaints and investigations.

The overall results of the audits conducted by MNP LLP were positive and committee members endorsed the auditor’s 10 recommendations. Committee recommendations include measures to ensure appropriate supports for complainants, a review of the timelines in Part 11 of the Police Act and the expanded use of alternative dispute resolution.

The special committee also recommended that the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner enhance training, public outreach and communications. Committee members would like to see the Police Act amended to provide the police complaint commissioner with the authority to arrange a public hearing at any stage in the process when the public interest demands it.

Other recommendations include adding a “fast-track” process for minor complaints and improving training opportunities for discipline authorities and investigating officers.

Further information about the special committee, including its report, is available: https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/pcp

The members of the committee:

* Rachna Singh, Chair, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers

* Mike Morris, Deputy Chair, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie

* Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford

* Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena