The province’s Law Enforcement Review Agency saw 148 formal complaints against police officers in 2012, down from 169 a year earlier.
The number and statistics are contained in LERA’s 2012 annual report, released today.
The 148 formal complaints registered in 2012 included allegations as follows:
- breaches of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- making an arrest without reasonable or probable grounds;
- using unnecessary violence or excessive force;
- using oppressive or abusive conduct or language;
- being discourteous or uncivil;
- making false statement;
- improperly disclosing information;
- damaging property or failing to report damage; and
- failing to provide assistance.
Complaints against police officers can be referred to a provincial judge for a hearing or by the admission of a disciplinary default by an officer. A complaint can also be resolved mediation.
Of the files opened in 2012:
- 94 were resolved at intake or following preliminary enquiries,
- three complaints were resolved through mediation,
- one was considered frivolous or vexatious.
Others were abandoned by the complainant or closed as there was insufficient evidence to justify referral to a hearing.
LERA does not investigate criminal matters, but provides Manitobans with an independent way to review of complaints of police misconduct.
The complete report and other information about LERA will be posted on the agency's website.