Mr. Ian McPhail, Q.C.
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
P.O. Box 1722, Station “B”
Dear Mr. McPhail:
The citizens of southern Alberta have had to face an incredible event recently as flood waters ravaged some of their communities and forced many of them from their homes. Natural disasters such as the flooding we’ve witnessed here test, not only the mettle of our citizens, but also our community leaders, emergency and first responders including the police. In short, these are very difficult and trying circumstances for our communities.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the community of High River which has faced – and continues to face – some of the worst effects of this flood.
As you know, the community of High River is policed under contract by the RCMP. While I am very proud of the heroic response of our members and employees (many of whom were personally impacted) in helping the community stay safe during this disaster, I am quite concerned by the sharp criticism that has arisen in the media with respect to the gun seizures from evacuated homes. Naturally this is quite troubling to me, and I am sure to you, as indeed it must be to many Canadians who wonder what was going on in High River.
I am writing today therefore, to ask if you would consider a “Chair initiated complaint” to permit you to investigate our actions in High River to assess if they were well founded, reasonably executed and in accordance with our policies.
I can assure you that the RCMP will make all information you might require available and that the Force will cooperate in all aspects of your inquiry should you undertake this investigation. As usual I would be very receptive to any findings and recommendations you might have which could improve on our ability to deliver first rate policing services to Canadians.