Registrar Public Interest Investigation into Military Police Investigations into Incidents at the Royal Military College of Canada (MPCC‑2020‑013) - Homepage
The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) is conducting a Public Interest Investigation into Military Police Investigations into incidents that occurred at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) during 2019.
The conduct complaint is related to interactions between two students at the RMCC. On March 13, 2019, a female Officer Cadet from the RMCC came to the Military Police Kingston Detachment alleging that she was being harassed by a male Officer Cadet. In a written statement, she said that the male Officer Cadet suffered from an obvious mental illness and that she feared he posed a danger to her.
On May 24, 2019, the male Officer Cadet went to the Military Police Kingston Detachment to complain that he had given money to the female Officer Cadet with the expectation that a romantic relationship would develop, but this had not happened. The Military Police member who interviewed him told him that he would “probably” face criminal charges for soliciting a sexual service. Six days later, the male Officer Cadet attempted suicide. After a second suicide attempt, the male Officer Cadet was put on life support, however, he has since been discharged but remains medically compromised.
The Military Police did not lay any charges against either student.
The complaint concerns the conduct of five subjects, and raises a number of questions:
- Whether the Military Police members who came into contact with a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was suffering from a mental illness took reasonable steps in the circumstances to address the situation.
- Whether Military Police members who were furnished with an allegation and evidence concerning a situation that appeared to amount to criminal harassment conducted a reasonable investigation into the matter.
- Whether Military Police members who were told by a complainant that she feared for her safety from a man harassing her took reasonable steps in the circumstances.
- Whether the investigation into sexual offences allegedly committed by the female Officer Cadet was reasonably conceived and carried out.
- Whether Military Police supervisors provided adequate oversight concerning the mental health and personal safety issues as well as in both the criminal harassment and sexual offences investigations.
Hilary McCormack, the Chairperson of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada, determined on October 20, 2020 that these important questions warrant a Public Interest Investigation.
The conduct complaint was initiated by the Commission on September 10, 2020. The complainant is the Commission itself, as represented by its Registrar. Further details on the complaint are available in the Decision to Conduct a Public Interest Investigation.
Updates on the progress of the investigation will be posted in the "Timeline".
For information, please contact:Michael Tansey
Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada
|January 21, 2021||Additional subject named by MPCC and notice sent out|
|December 18, 2020||Notification to subjects|
|November 30, 2020||Witness interviews commence|
|October 20, 2020||Decision to Conduct a Public Interest Investigation|
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