MPCC-2011-024

This complaint involved allegations that a military police (MP) sergeant in charge of patrols at a detachment failed to arrest or charge a suspect in a domestic violence case in violation of applicable policies and procedures.

The Commission’s investigation revealed that the MP sergeant in question acted on the basis of the information provided by the investigating corporal, which suggested that any assault was minor. The MP subject also forwarded the information to prosecuting counsel who advised against an arrest and charges in the circumstances. As such, the complaint was not substantiated, although the Commission recommended that a record be made of information exchanges between MPs and counsel where these form the basis of MPs’ charge-laying decisions.

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