Policing police: brotherhood concerned

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 1/28/2013 12:10:00 PM

Local police unions are mobilizing to draw up their own suggestions in response to the PQ's proposal to create an independent civilian committee to investigate incidents involving police.

The associations representing provincial police and Quebec City police met last Friday to prepare their report before the parliamentary commission.

Head of the Montreal police brotherhood Yves Francoeur said he agrees with his colleagues who say that the PQ government is being influenced by what they call anti-police pressure groups who have long lobbied for a civilian oversight committee.

Francoeur acused such groups of being dissatisfied with even coroner's investigations which are also independent in nature.

"They only want the police officers to be guilty," Francoeur told CJAD 800 News.

Francoeur said they're not opposed to an independent committee but they want it to be led by a retired judge instead of a civilian so as to be impartial, they insist qualified investigators be a part of it, and that crown prosecutors publicly lay out the legal process.

Francoeur said he's not convinced by the Ontario civilian oversight committee which he says has had mixed results.

"There's a lack of confidence from citizens and we're ready to work to improve the system."

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