Newfoundland and Labrador's police watchdog won't investigate a rash of sexual assault allegations involving the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary unless the women involved want it to happen, as the head of the agency vows to build trust in its abilities, where some critics say there is little to be had.
At least 12 women have been in touch with St. John's lawyer Lynn Moore to speak about their experiences with sexual assault and on-duty RNC officers, Moore said this week. No formal complaints have yet been filed.
Without a complaint, the head of the group that investigates police matters in the province said he won't force an investigation but has reached out to Moore to offer it as an option.
"We've also expressed that we very much respect and support their decision, whatever that may be. So we won't be approaching anyone and pressuring them to give us information, if they choose not to," said Mike King, the director of the Serious Incident Response Team of Newfoundland and Labrador.