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May 2, 2008
The province has nominated Gerry McNeilly as Director of Ontario’s new independent police review system, expected to be in place next year.
As Director, McNeilly would help build the new system and lead a new, independent civilian organization to handle public complaints about municipal and provincial police in Ontario.
The creation of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director is part of the government’s response to former Chief Justice Patrick LeSage’s 2005 report on the police complaints system in Ontario. The report included a call for the creation of an independent civilian review body for public complaints about municipal and provincial police in Ontario.
McNeilly’s nomination is subject to appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
“Gerry McNeilly is an excellent choice to head up Ontario’s new police review system. I know that under his leadership, we can implement a system that has the confidence of both the police and the public,” said Attorney General Chris Bentley.
"I am delighted that Gerry McNeilly has accepted this nomination. His broad experience and professional stature make him the ideal candidate to bring the new police review legislation into reality," said Mr. LeSage.
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