In recent months Ontario Special Investigative Unit (the civilian police watchdog) seems to have had its hands full probing almost daily weekly police matters where people have been injured or killed as a result of a police related matter. The SIU seems slow in making their findings known, in part because the unit is overly busy, or……….
Might it not be better that every county in the province operate its own independent unit consisting of a broad section of investigators and general public. If there was a local serious county related matter, it could call on another county’s unit to probe the issue at hand.
For now, the present provincial SIU could be more transparent, a case in point an incident at Pete Pettersen Park weeks and weeks ago the SIU was called into to investigate and we have heard nothing at all. We have no doubt the present SIU is composed of honest, professional men and women. The point is from where one is sitting, it appears as though they are up to their eyeballs in work. Maybe if counties took over SIU type investigations, the current personnel could act as trainers, advisors, resource people, retaining their jobs but moving out into every county to breath new life into this essential arm’s length much-needed service.