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Newfoundland and Labrador to establish independent police watchdog agency

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is establishing its own independent police watchdog.

January 31, 2019  By The Canadian Press

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons announced plans to create a Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) on Thursday.

Like similar agencies in other provinces, the SIRT will look into cases of death, serious injury, sexual offences and domestic violence that involve police.

The province is now looking for a director of the agency, who will select the rest of the team.

Parsons previously said his government was considering supporting a unified police oversight agency in the Atlantic region that would expand on Nova Scotia’s established investigative body.


The Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating the November death of a man shot by a Corner Brook, N.L., police officer.

That probe will later be reviewed by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2019

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