CRCC Launches Systemic Investigation of the RCMP "E" Division Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG)
Today, Michelaine Lahaie, the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC), initiated a systemic investigation into the activities and operations of the RCMP "E" Division Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG).
The RCMP's C-IRG was established in 2017 and is mandated to provide a coordinated response to public order events related to large-scale resource-based industrial projects in British Columbia.
The CRCC's systemic investigation will examine whether relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and training:
- clearly define the RCMP's and C-IRG's authorities, roles, and requirements;
- are consistent with applicable jurisprudence/case law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and
- reflect previous relevant CRCC recommendations and other good/leading practices.
The systemic investigation will also include a comprehensive file review to assess whether or to what extent the activities and operations of the C-IRG are carried out in accordance with legal standards, policy requirements, and leading practices.
Further, where appropriate, the systemic investigation will identify the extent to which C–IRG's operations and actions meet, reflect, consider or are consistent with the standards and expectations set by Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the British Columbia Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) and the calls for justice from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry (MMIWG).
To learn more about this systemic investigation, please see the full terms of reference.
About the CRCC
The CRCC is an agency of the federal government, distinct and independent from the RCMP. The CRCC is mandated to receive complaints from the public about the conduct of RCMP members; conduct reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP's handling of their complaints; initiate complaints and investigations into RCMP conduct; review specified activities (systemic investigations); report findings and make recommendations; and promote public awareness of the complaint process.
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