Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information

Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

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General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

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Background

The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) was established by the Government of Canada to provide independent civilian oversight of the Canadian Forces Military Police (MP), effective December 1, 1999. This was executed by an amendment to the National Defence Act (NDA), Part IV of which sets out the full mandate of the MPCC and how complaints are to be handled. As stated in Issue Paper No. 8, which accompanied the Bill that created the MPCC, its role is "to provide for greater public accountability by the Military Police and the chain of command in relation to Military Police investigations." The MPCC reports to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence.

Responsibilities

The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada’s (MPCC) mandate is to:

The MPCC’s mission is to promote and ensure the highest standards of conduct of MP in the performance of policing duties and to discourage interference in any MP investigation.

The MPCC fulfills its mandate and mission by exercising the following responsibilities:

In fulfilling its independent civilian oversight responsibilities, the MPCC has a crucially important working relationship with the CFPM and the Deputy Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group/Professional Standards (DComd CF MP Gp/PS). On April 1, 2011, the CFPM assumed full command of all MP members who are directly involved in policing. The CFPM also assigns MP elements to other supported commanders under operational command.

The DComd CF MP Gp/PS manages public complaint and internal MP misconduct investigations and ensures adherence to the Military Police Professional Code of Conduct.

Fostering a mutually respectful working relationship between the MPCC, the CFPM and DComd CF MP Gp/PS facilitates the conduct of complaint investigations and the likelihood that recommendations will be accepted and implemented.

For more information on the MPCC, please see the About Us webpage.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Complaints Resolution

This program aims to successfully resolve complaints about the conduct of the Military Police (MP) members as well as complaints of interference with MP investigations by overseeing and reviewing all complaints received. This program is necessary to help the MP to be as effective and as professional as possible in their policing duties or functions.

For more information on the Complaints Process and Complaints Resolution, please see the About Us webpage.

Complaints Review and Investigations/Hearings

Description: Information consisting of documentation on the complaint handling process of the MPCC.
Document Types: Correspondence; complaint file summaries and tracking; Military Police (MP) investigation reports; Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CF MP Gp)/Professional Standards investigation reports; electronic and paper MPCC investigative products and reports.
Record Number: MPCC OPS 010

Note: Includes information previously found in PPU 055 MP Complaints Case Management System.

Legal Research

Description: Information on the administration of legal matters and legal advice relating to the handling of complaints, requests for review, and public interest investigations/hearings ordered  by the MPCC.
Document Types: Legal opinions; Federal Court judicial review applications; agreements; court documents; submissions to a Public Interest Investigation or Hearing.
Record Number: MPCC OPS 015

Class of Individuals: General public; complainants; members of the CF MP Gp including MP subjects, the CFPM and his staff; senior CAF and DND officials; witnesses and other parties to the complaint.
Purpose: The information in this bank enables the MPCC to carry out its mandate when handling complaints concerning the conduct of members of the MP; complaints by an MP or his/her direct supervisor, alleging interference in an investigation; or public interest investigations/hearings called by the MPCC. The personal information retained relates to the legal position and legal opinions developed by the MPCC to the pertinent individual(s) and case(s).
Consistent Uses: The information is consistently used by the MPCC to fulfil its mandate under Part IV of the NDA.
Retention and Disposal Standards: Information in this bank is retained until its operational value expires and is then eligible for destruction.
RDA Number: 2004/013
Related Record Number: MPCC OPS 015
TBS Registration: 20110400
Bank Number: MPCC PPU 060

Reports

Description: Information on the preparation of MPCC interim and final reports of the Chairperson, on reviews, investigations or hearings as well as special reports, papers, and legislative submissions. Final reports of public interest investigations/hearings are posted and all non-public interest cases are posted as de-personalized summaries on the MPCC's website.
Document Types: Interim Reports; Final Reports; Concluding Reports, special reports; issue papers; legislative submissions.
Record Number: MPCC OPS 020

Internal Services

Internal services constitute groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are management and oversight services, communications services, legal services, human resources management services, financial management services, information management services, information technology services, real property services, materiel services, acquisition services, and travel and other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisition Services

Acquisition services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well-coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management

Financial management services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management

Human resources management services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans.

Information Management Services

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology Services

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies or plans.

Materiel Services

Materiel services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Real Property Services

Real property services involve activities undertaken to ensure that real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

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Manuals

Additional Information

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through requests outside of the ATIP process. You may wish to consult the MPCC’s completed Access to Information (ATI) summaries. To make an informal request, contact:

Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
270 Albert Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5G8

Telephone: 613-995-9650
Facsimile: 613-947-5713
E-mail: commission@mpcc-cppm.gc.ca
Internet: www.mpcc-cppm.gc.ca

Please see the Introduction to this publication for information on formal access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The following outlines how to make a formal ATIP request.

Mail your letter or Access to Information Request Form (Access to Information Act) or Personal Information Request Form (Privacy Act), along with any necessary documents (such as consent or the $5.00 application fee for a request under the Access to Information Act) to the following address:

Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
270 Albert Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5G8

Please note: Each request made to the MPCC under the Access to Information Act must be accompanied by an application fee of $5.00, cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, an area on the premises will be made available should the applicant wish to review materials on site. The address is:

270 Albert Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario

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