New Police Complaints Process Unveiled

Monday, January 31, 2005 at 15:05



The man in charge of revamping the police complaints process in Saskatchewan has some changes in mind that he thinks might satisfy Aboriginal people.


Bob Mitchell told an Aboriginal justice conference in Saskatoon last week that it’s common knowledge Native people don’t trust the current method of forwarding complaints about police officers.


Mitchell says under a new process to be implemented in the near future, a commission made up of First Nations, Metis and non-Aboriginal people will determine whether individual complaints made against police are worthy of investigation.


Those complaints that are investigated will be dealt with by the commission’s own investigators and by outside agencies.


Right now, complaints of this nature are handled by the police, themselves, and usually by a single investigator.