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Nunavut government planning new oversight body for police-involved incidents – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 202070 Views

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5 June 2020

A new model for civilian oversight of the RCMP in Nunavut could be announced at the legislative assembly’s fall sitting, says the territory’s justice minister.

The Nunavut RCMP currently has agreements with the Ottawa and Calgary police services to conduct third-party investigations of incidents involving the police that lead to serious injury or death.

“We’ve been working to try and find an independent agency to do the review for us. And we’re at the point where I think we’ll be able to make an announcement soon. Probably in the fall sitting. I’m hoping that I’ll have some information for Nunavummiut,” Jeannie Ehaloak, Nunavut’s minister of justice, told Nunatsiaq News.

In the fall 2018 sitting, Ehaloak told the legislative assembly that her department was open to looking at a civilian oversight body—rather than one led by police—to review complaints of excessive force by police in the territory.

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