Review of the RCMP's Implementation of Justice O'Connor Recommendations Concerning National Security Activities

In January 2016, the Chairperson notified the Minister of Public Safety and the Commissioner of the RCMP that the Commission, in accordance with section 45.34 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, had initiated a review of the RCMP's implementation of the relevant recommendations contained in Justice Dennis O'Connor's  Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Maher Arar.

The Commission's review, which involves an examination of a random sample of RCMP national security criminal investigations, is focused on the RCMP's implementation of specific recommendations made by Justice O'Connor with respect to the following six areas that involve the RCMP:

  • Centralization and Coordination of National Security Operations
  • National Security Training
  • Domestic Information-Sharing
  • Foreign Information-Sharing
  • Border Lookouts Requests
  • Detention of Canadians Abroad

The intent of the review is to foster public confidence in theRCMP's national security activities by providing an independent, external examination of an operational area that may not otherwise be subject to outside scrutiny. The purpose is to ensure that RCMP activities are carried out in accordance with legislation, regulations, and ministerial direction by assessing the adequacy, appropriateness, sufficiency and clarity of relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.

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