Minister’s statement about independent investigation into Prince George RCMP
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement about the independent investigation into Prince George RCMP:
“The allegations of historic misconduct of members in Prince George are disturbing and our government takes these allegations very seriously.
“The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) issued an interim report to the RCMP commissioner outlining the failure of the RCMP to take action to address these complaints. The RCMP commissioner agreed with the CRCC’s findings and recommendations.
“While this report is directed at the RCMP, I have spoken to my federal counterpart Minister Marco Mendicino about these serious allegations and B.C.’s director of police services has ordered an independent investigation by an external agency into these allegations.
“Prior to announcing the investigation, the director of police services undertook direct conversations with family members who have called for reforms and to the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief to inform them of his decision.
“Our government is resolute in its commitment to ending systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people, particularly in northern B.C. and the cases which involve the police. I recognize the wisdom, advocacy and ongoing action of family members, survivors, community leaders and partners. Their ongoing dedication to identifying and acting to prevent, protect and respond to violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples has had an immeasurable impact on all British Columbians.
“The lead agency for this independent investigation is the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). As this is now an active investigation, no further comment will be made.”
The RCMP have indicated they will co-operate with the investigation.
For more information on ASIRT, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-serious-incident-response-team.aspx