2017 Annual Report | Oversight & Fairness: Timely, Responsive, Independent

News release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2018 – Ottawa – Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, has tabled the 2017 Annual Report of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) in Parliament.

The theme of the MPCC’s 2017 Annual Report is OVERSIGHT AND FAIRNESS: Timely, Responsive, Independent. The theme highlights crucial elements of the MPCC’s mandate to provide civilian oversight of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Military Police (MP), a unique police service in Canada. In particular, timeliness has been a key consideration this past year. A comprehensive review completed in 2016 led to the implementation in 2017 of a more streamlined process for investigations. This was supported by a re-aligning of resources to ensure that the goal of timeliness is met while maintaining the thoroughness and fairness of the process.

The ongoing Public Interest Investigation (PII) into an anonymous complaint relating to the alleged mistreatment of detainees by the Military Police in Afghanistan in 2010-­11 remained high on the MPCC’s list of priorities in 2017. In February 2017, the MPCC issued a significant decision on the scope of the investigation including identification of subjects of the complaint; and in May, it approved the investigation plan. Throughout the year, the MPCC continued its review and analysis of materials disclosed by the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) and commenced the interview phase of the investigation in which 49 witnesses were interviewed in 2017, a process which continues in 2018.

During 2017, MPCC staff maintained a high level of personal contact with military police rank and file and their supervising officers through outreach visits to bases and to the MP Academy. These visits provide the MPCC with a better appreciation of the context in which MPs work allowing it to be more responsive to the needs of the CAF and the Canadian public. At the same time these visits are critical in fostering a better understanding of the MPCC’s mandate among MPs and the CAF.

The MPCC has made important progress in recognizing the importance of mental health, and challenges staff to engage in honest and open dialogue about mental health to ensure a healthier and more productive work environment. These efforts were validated with very favourable findings in the Public Service Employee Annual Survey in early 2017, which focused on My Workplace, Workplace Well-Being, Harassment and Discrimination.


Quotes

“As another working year ends, I want to emphasize the MPCC’s commitment to members of the CAF, the MP, and to all Canadians. Our job is timely, responsive and independent civilian oversight and we are constantly seeking more effective and efficient ways to meet that objective.”

Hilary C. McCormack
Chairperson
Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

Quick facts

  • The MPCC opened 125 new case files and issued 26 reports, decisions and findings in 2017.

  • The Office of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal accepted 91% of the MPCC’s recommendations made in the MPCC’s reports, most of which focused on training, operational procedures and supervisory practices.

  • In 2017, 76% of the allegations reviewed by the MPCC were found to be unsubstantiated.

  • The MPCC was established in 1999 to provide civilian oversight of the Canadian Forces Military Police.

  • The MPCC reviews and investigates complaints concerning military police conduct and investigates allegations of interference in military police investigations.

  • While it reports to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence, the MPCC is both administratively and legally independent from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Contacts

Jennifer Hohmann Wood
Registrar
Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada
613­-410­-7526; 1­-800­-632-­0566
Jennifer.HohmannWood@mpcc-cppm.gc.ca

http://www.mpcc-cppm.gc.ca


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