CPC conducts review of RCMP's seizure of firearms from residences following flooding in High River, Alberta

Ottawa, July 5, 2013 – Ian McPhail, Q.C., Interim Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (Commission), has initiated a public interest investigation into the conduct of RCMP members involved in entering private residences and seizing firearms following flooding in High River, Alberta.

Given the concerns expressed by some members of the public and the ensuing media coverage of RCMP actions in High River, the Commission will examine whether the members' actions complied with all appropriate policies, procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, in a letter to the Commission, stated his support for an independent review of RCMP actions in High River and assured the Interim Chair that the RCMP will cooperate in all aspects of the public interest investigation.

The Commission is an independent agency created by Parliament to ensure that public complaints made about the conduct of RCMP members are examined fairly and impartially. The Commission is not part of the RCMP.

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For more information, please contact:

Tim Cogan
613-608-0193
Tim.cogan@cpc-cpp.gc.ca