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Available Expert - Changes to Special Investigations Unit announced today

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Queen’s University expert Christian Leuprecht is available to comment on the overhaul of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Under new legislation announced today, the scope of mandatory SIU probes into police conduct was narrowed to focus on investigating suspected criminal activity.

“Ontario’s SIU was innovative in its day, but has not served the interests of either the people or law enforcement,” says Dr. Leuprecht. “Investigations were taking way too long, and many of the cases the SIU took were idiosyncratic; rather than clearing simple cases expeditiously, they’d sit on them for month and enjoy nice travel to places like Kingston in the summertime for matters that clearly weren’t serious incidents. Other provinces are doing it better, and so there’s opportunities here to learn, especially from British Columbia and Alberta. There’s definitely a case to be made for an overhaul; but scrapping the SIU altogether also comes with its own risks.”

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