Province will fix legislation, strengthen police watchdog: justice minister

An independent review of Manitoba's Police Services Act says new legislation is needed to govern the province's police watchdog and give it some teeth.

The 200-page Independent Review of the Manitoba Police Services Act was made public Thursday after it was presented in the legislature.

It says Manitoba's Independent Investigations Unit (IIU) doesn't have the authority to require compliance by a police officer, "nor the ability to enforce such compliance in a meaningful way."

That's because the Police Services Act governing it lacks a clearly stated "duty to comply" binding police chiefs, police officers and services.

Without that duty to comply, officers can refuse to participate in interviews or produce relevant documents in a timely manner, or provide "full and frank disclosure," the peer-reviewed report by Community Safety Knowledge Alliance of Saskatoon said.


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