BC Attorney General Suzanne Anton says she’ll be watching closely to make sure there’s no reduction in service, when the RCMP’s watchdog shuts down its Surrey office.
CKNW first reported details about the move, that would force the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to conduct all of its work out of Ottawa.
That’s even though BC is its largest jurisdiction.
In a statement, Anton adds BC was not consulted about the move, and understands the decisions were made by the independent commission.
Critics say the office closure will be bad news for BC, meaning less oversight and cause the force to go back in time.
You can read the full statement from Minister Suzanne Anton here:
NDP justice critic weighs in.
Mike Farnworth says it doesn’t make sense, as BC has the largest RCMP jurisdiction in the country.
“The issue of oversight in the RCMP and the complaints process has been especially important in this province in British Columbia. Changes and improvements into how this oversight has taken place to provide greater transparency transpired because of a lot of what happened in BC. The Dziekanski case for example with the RCMP, municipal police forces it was the Frank Paul inquiry.”
The “Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP” says the move will cut costs to divert resources to investigations.
BC’s Attorney General, Suzanne Anton, says she wasn’t consulted, but will keep a close eye on the situation.