B. C.'s Solicitor General and Public Safety minister John van Dongen responded to criticism that the proposed changes to the province's police complaints process do not provide for enough civilian oversight. He said that putting civilians into investigative roles would be impracticable. "We have to have people who are skilled at investigations and who can conduct them properly." [LINK]
Wow, that's funny. I mean, obviously the present scheme of having the police investigate the police is just freaking perfect, right?
Seriously, the question was about the degree of civilian oversight, not having investigations performed by untrained civilians. Duh...
I would also suggest that there be huge sanctions imposed on any 'Internal Affairs' investigators that are later found to have been in any way involved with, or cooperate with, any understating the facts, white-washing, cover-ups, or anything similar.
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