Requesting a Review of Conduct Police
Against RCMP Officers in BC
There are two instances in the RCMP complaint process where you may wish to ask the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP to review your complaint:
- your complaint is dismissed
- you disagree with the findings of an investigation report
If your complaint is dismissed or the investigation report fails to substantiate your allegations, you may wish to consider the type of evidence you provided and how you provided it. For example, if you have witnesses, you may wish to submit a statement from them rather than rely on the police to initiate contact.
With an investigation report, you may want to specifically address the findings and argue that they do not fit the facts. Typically, the BCCLA disputes findings in this way when seeking a review. Examples can be seen in our police complaints section, perhaps the best example being the Randy Girard complaint of 2008.
On the federal level, public hearing are extremely rare. In fact, there have been only 5 public hearings since 1988. The criteria by which complaints proceed to a public hearing are not set out in legislation.
Seeking a Review
To request a review, complete the request for review form. You can also submit any evidence that was not gathered as part of the investigation, such as witness statements. You can also call the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP to initiate a review.
Submit your request for review to the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP via phone, mail, fax or email.
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
Bag Service 1722, Station B
At the end of this process the Commission will either agree with the investigation report or produce an interim report based on its own investigation. If you are dissatisfied with the conclusion of your complaint, you may apply to the Federal Court of Canada for judicial review.
>> How to File for a Judicial Review with the Federal Court of Canada >>