B.C. to probe ‘troubling’ complaints about RCMP in Prince George
February 24, 2023 By The Canadian Press
Feb. 24, 2023, Prince George, B.C. – British Columbia’s solicitor general says the province will investigate what he calls “troubling complaints” about the RCMP in Prince George, adding that the government is committed to ending “systemic violence” against Indigenous women and other groups.
Mike Farnworth, who is also minister of public safety, says the complaints were highlighted in a report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, the independent body that looks into allegations against the RCMP.
Farnworth says in a statement that there will be a “full, independent out-of-jurisdiction investigation,” and the external agency conducting the probe will be named in coming weeks.
Staff Sgt. Kris Clark says in a statement on behalf of RCMP E Division that the force is “very concerned” about the complaints alleging a lack of action about historical allegations in Prince George, and the force will “fully co-operate” with the independent probe.
Neither Clark nor Farnworth describe the allegations, which Clark says were the subject of an investigation by E Division’s major crimes unit in June 2004.
Clark says the RCMP has not been in a position to publicly disclose details of its work to address the allegations, “due to the criminal investigation, internal codes of conduct, civil litigations and our response to the CRCC recommendations.”
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