RCMP Responds to Human Rights Watch Report
The RCMP takes the allegations enclosed in the Human Rights Watch Report very seriously.
unimaginable loss and pain felt by families and loved ones of missing
and murdered persons is also felt across our communities. The RCMP looks
forward to working with our government and non-government partners, as
well the communities we serve to provide Canadians with the professional
and accountable police service they expect and deserve.
written response to a series of questions posed by Human Rights Watch in
fall 2012, the RCMP emphasized the seriousness of allegations of police
misconduct and that these allegations must be brought forward for
proper investigation. We also explained that complaints could be made
to the RCMP directly, to the Commission of Public Complaints against the
RCMP or to other independent investigative bodies without fear of
Unfortunately, five months later and none of these
allegations have been brought forward for investigation. It is
impossible to deal with such public and serious complaints when we have
no method to determine who the victims or the accused are.
Columbians know and have seen that police officers are being held
accountable for their actions and are being charged and even dismissed
for clearly breaching their authorities and our expectations.
a final copy of the completed report was only provided to the RCMP on
Tuesday February 12, 2013, we will need to take the necessary time to
review it in its entirety in order to provide any additional
information, facts or context.
Deputy Criminal Operations Officer
For more, visit: RCMP accused of repeated abuse of B.C. aboriginal women
You can also see the full report: "Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern B.C."