RCMP rejects 90% of formal complaints

OTTAWA — The RCMP received almost 13,000 formal public complaints since 2010, but its complaints board rejected 90% of them, QMI Agency has learned.

Nine out of 13 provinces and territories have an RCMP complaint acceptance rate of below 10%, with Ontario and Quebec having the two lowest rates – 3% and 5% respectively – according to newly released RCMP documents obtained by QMI Agency.

Michael Kempa, a professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, said that while the Conservative government increased the complaint board’s powers in 2013, the continued low complaint acceptance rate undermines citizens’ faith in their federal police force.

Between January 2010 and Oct. 10, 2014, the RCMP received just over 24,800 complaints from across the country. The categories with the highest number of complaints were “neglect of duty” (4,341); “improper attitude” (2,204); and “improper use of force” (1,656).

Out of 24,818 complaints, only 12,407 were formal, written accusations against officers.