Mounties must respect independence of witness protection program, advisory panel says

An expert committee says it is "troubled" that RCMP investigators continue to contact people in the federal witness protection program, which may affect the safety of those being protected.

That's one of several issues highlighted in the annual report of the witness protection program advisory committee, a panel made up of four academics, a former RCMP commissioner and a serving assistant commissioner.

Separating the RCMP's role in protecting witnesses from its investigative interests is a key element in reforming the program, which was overhauled by legislation passed in 2014.

In its report, the advisory committee said that while some resistance to that independence was expected, it has since manifested itself openly in various parts of the federal police force.


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