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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. R-10)

Act current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2019-07-12. Previous Versions

PART VIIInvestigation, Review and Hearing of Complaints (continued)

Suspension and Joint Proceedings

Marginal note:Duty to suspend

  •  (1) The Commission shall suspend an investigation, review or hearing with respect to a complaint if, in the Commission’s opinion, continuing it would compromise or seriously hinder an ongoing criminal investigation or proceeding.

  • Marginal note:Duty to suspend

    (2) The Commission shall suspend an investigation, review or hearing with respect to a complaint if it is requested to do so in writing by the Commissioner. The Commissioner may make the request only if, in the Commissioner’s opinion, the investigation, review or hearing would compromise or seriously hinder an ongoing criminal investigation or proceeding, and the Commissioner shall set out the reasons for his or her opinion in the request.

  • Marginal note:Power to suspend

    (3) The Commission may suspend an investigation, review or hearing with respect to a complaint if, in the Commission’s opinion, continuing it would compromise or seriously hinder an ongoing civil or administrative proceeding.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Marginal note:Joint investigation, review or hearing

  •  (1) If a complaint concerns the conduct of a member or other person appointed or employed under Part I and a law enforcement officer of any other jurisdiction, whether in or outside Canada, the Commission may conduct an investigation, review or hearing of that complaint jointly with the authority in that other jurisdiction that is responsible for investigations, reviews or hearings with respect to complaints against law enforcement officers.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (2) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting investigations, reviews or hearings conducted jointly under subsection (1).

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Reports Following Investigation or Hearing

Marginal note:Interim report

  •  (1) On completion of an investigation or a hearing, the Commission shall prepare and send to the Minister and the Commissioner a report in writing setting out any findings and recommendations with respect to the complaint that the Commission sees fit.

  • Marginal note:Commissioner’s response

    (2) The Commissioner shall, as soon as feasible, provide the Chairperson and the Minister with a written response indicating any further action that has been or will be taken with respect to the complaint. If the Commissioner decides not to act on any findings or recommendations set out in the report, the Commissioner shall include in the response the reasons for not so acting.

  • Marginal note:Commission’s final report

    (3) After considering the Commissioner’s response, the Commission shall prepare a final report in writing setting out any findings and recommendations with respect to the complaint that the Commission sees fit and shall send a copy of the report to the Minister, the Commissioner, the complainant and the member or other person whose conduct is the subject matter of the complaint. If there is an arrangement between the government of a province and the Minister under section 20, the Commission shall also send a copy of the report to the provincial minister who has the primary responsibility for policing in the province in which the conduct complained of occurred.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Marginal note:Final and conclusive

 All of the findings and recommendations that are contained in the Commission’s final report under subsection 45.72(2) or 45.76(3) are final and are not subject to appeal to or review by any court.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Marginal note:Return of documents and things

 Any document or thing that a person produced to the Force or the Commission shall, on the request of the person, be released to that person within a reasonable time after the completion of the Commission’s final report.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

PART VII.1Serious Incidents

Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this Part.

    designated authority

    designated authority, with respect to a province, means the person, body or authority that is designated by the lieutenant governor in council of that province under subsection (2). (autorité désignée)

    investigative body

    investigative body means a provincial entity, other than a police force, whose authority includes the power to investigate a serious incident for the purpose of determining whether an offence under federal or provincial law has occurred. (organisme d’enquête)

    serious incident

    serious incident means an incident in which the actions of a member or other person appointed or employed under Part I or any person assisting the Force in exercising its powers or performing its duties and functions under this Act

    • (a) may have resulted in serious injury to, or the death of, any person; or

    • (b) may have constituted an offence under federal or provincial law that any of the following persons decides would be in the public interest to be investigated by an investigative body or by a police force other than the Force:

      • (i) the Minister,

      • (ii) the provincial minister who has the primary responsibility for policing in the province in which the incident is alleged to have occurred if there is an arrangement between the government of that province and the Minister under section 20, or

      • (iii) the Commissioner. (incident grave)

    serious injury

    serious injury means a prescribed physical or psychological injury. (blessure grave)

  • Marginal note:Designation

    (2) The lieutenant governor in council of a province may designate any person, body or authority as the designated authority for that province for the purposes of this Part and Part VII.2.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Governor in Council may, by regulation, prescribe physical or psychological injuries for the purposes of the definition serious injury in subsection (1).

  • 2013, c. 18, ss. 35, 81

Marginal note:Notification

 The Commissioner shall, as soon as feasible, notify the designated authority for a province of a serious incident that is alleged to have occurred in that province.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Marginal note:Duty to consider investigative body

  •  (1) If there is an investigative body in the province in which the serious incident is alleged to have occurred, the designated authority for that province shall first consider appointing that investigative body to investigate the serious incident.

  • Marginal note:Appointment of police force

    (2) If there is no investigative body or, after consideration, the designated authority does not appoint one, the designated authority may appoint a police force to investigate the serious incident.

  • Marginal note:Referral by the Force

    (3) If the designated authority appoints an investigative body or police force to investigate the serious incident, the Force shall, as soon as feasible, refer the investigation of the serious incident to that investigative body or police force.

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35

Marginal note:Request to police force

  •  (1) If there is no designated authority for a province or the designated authority for a province notifies the Force that no investigative body or police force will be appointed to investigate the serious incident, the Force shall, as soon as feasible, request an investigative body or a police force to investigate it having taken into account the available expertise and resources of that investigative body or police force.

  • Marginal note:Investigation by the Force

    (2) If the investigative body, or the police force that receives the request, notifies the Force that it will not investigate the serious incident and the Force does not consider any other investigative body or police force to be appropriate to receive such a request, the Force shall, as soon as feasible,

    • (a) notify the Commission that it will investigate the serious incident; and

    • (b) investigate the serious incident.

  • Marginal note:Reasonable efforts

    (3) The Force shall make reasonable efforts under this section to identify an investigative body or police force to investigate the serious incident and shall keep a written record of the efforts made.

  • Marginal note:Report

    (4) The Commissioner shall provide the Chairperson with a report outlining the efforts made by the Force under subsection (3).

  • 2013, c. 18, s. 35
 
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