Accountability for police intervention

The RCMP has several internal and external review processes that ensure our police officers are accountable for all police intervention occurrences and member-involved shooting incidents.

Internal processes

Internal processes may involve:

  • an investigation by professional standards
  • a review by a police intervention subject matter expert
  • an Independent Officer Review

External processes

External Reviews of Major Police Incidents occur when:

  • there is a serious injury or death of an individual involving an RCMP member
  • it appears that an RCMP member may have contravened a provision of the Criminal Code or other statute and the matter is of a serious or sensitive nature

To support our values of transparency, accountability, and openness, an independent civilian agency or external law enforcement body conduct these investigations whenever possible.

Complaints process

Anyone may make a public complaint about the conduct of any RCMP employee while on duty under Part VII of the RCMP Act.

The Chairperson for the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP may initiate a public complaint if there are reasonable grounds to investigate the conduct. The Chairperson of the commission can also initiate a complaint if it's in the public interest.

You can make a public complaint to the RCMP or to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission. Learn more about the process.

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