Who investigates complaints about the RCMP? In ‘99.9%’ of cases, it’s the RCMP

OTTAWA—The federal civilian watchdog for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it investigates just a fraction of public complaints about officer conduct, leaving the RCMP to probe the vast majority of complaints itself.

That’s an example of what one expert says are shortcomings to the public oversight of Canada’s national police force.

“We’ve got the RCMP investigating RCMP and it’s totally unacceptable,” said Darryl Davies, a criminology professor at Carleton University, who is sharply critical of the federal oversight regime.

“Nobody in their right mind today accepts the idea that a police agency is capable, independent and unbiased, yet they are the ones that do the investigations,” he said.

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