The Witness Protection Program Advisory Committee has released its third annual report to the Commissioner of the RCMP. The Committee advises the Commissioner on matters related to the effective and efficient operation of the federal Witness Protection Program.
"The Witness Protection Program continues to seek out ways to best serve those needing its services, and thanks the Advisory Committee for its report," said Assistant Commissioner Eric Slinn, Federal Policing Specialized Services. "The Committee recognized our employees' hard work including establishing a formal, standard process to assess protectees, while considering their individual risks and needs."
Recognized universally as one of the most effective law enforcement tools to fight crime, witness protection facilitates the security of individuals, like compromised informants, police agents and witnesses, who are the subject of substantial threats, intimidation or violence as a result of their assistance or involvement with law enforcement. The Witness Protection Program places protectees at the forefront of its decision-making, and continues to implement enhancements with regard to consultations with subject matter experts in the areas of risk assessment, criminal behaviour, and psychology.
The RCMP, on behalf of Public Safety Canada, administers the federal Witness Protection Program as directed in the Witness Protection Program Act. The Program remains available to not only the RCMP, but all law enforcement agencies across Canada, foreign agencies, and federal security, defence and safety organizations.
The Witness Protection Program Advisory Committee is made up of independent subject matter experts and assesses the Program's functions, processes and protocols. The report provides formal recommendations on significant elements needed to continue the Program's evolution. This year's recommendations cover the improvement of policy and best practices related to the administration of the Program, the use of technology to improve elements of the program, and developing and fostering relationships with external partners.