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Findings of the OIPRD systemic review of TBPS to be released next week

The Ontario Independent Police Review Director began its systemic review into the police service’s policies of policing Indigenous people in November 2016.
Gerry McNeilly  OIPRD
Gerry McNeilly leads the OIPRD (OIPRD photo).

THUNDER BAY - The findings of a review into the conduct of the Thunder Bay Police Service that has been ongoing for the past two years will be revealed next week.

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director will release the results of its investigation on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The systemic review into the practices of the Thunder Bay Police Service for policing Indigenous people was launched in November 2016.

Originally the review was expected to be complete in March 2018, with several other completion dates cited throughout the summer and fall, but ultimately pushed back.

A spokesperson with the OIPRD said in August that the scope of the review and the limited staff resulted in the timeline being extended.

“We need to take the time to ensure it's done right...The director (Gerry McNeilly) is placing a lot of importance on the Thunder Bay systemic review," said Rosemary Parker, manager of strategic initiatives and systemic reviews with the OIPRD.

A separate investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board being conducted by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission was launched in 2017 after Indigenous leaders questioned the board's oversight of the police service.

That report was also expected to be complete in March 2018 but has since been granted several extensions and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


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