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CanadaOntario’s Special Investigations Unit searching for new director as Tony Loparco steps down

06:35  14 march  2019
06:35  14 march  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU or "the Unit ") is the civilian oversight agency responsible for investigating circumstances involving police that have resulted in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault of a civilian in Ontario , Canada.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU or "the Unit ") is the civilian oversight agency responsible for investigating circumstances involving police that have resulted in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault of a civilian in Ontario , Canada. The SIU' s goal is to ensure that criminal law is

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit searching for new director as Tony Loparco steps down © Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Tony Loparco, who is the longest-serving SIU director at five-and-a-half years, is leaving his post at the end of the month.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit — the often embattled and scrutinized provincial police watchdog — is looking for a new director.

Tony Loparco, who has spent five-and-a-half years at the helm and is the longest-serving SIU director, is leaving his post at the end of the month, an SIU spokesperson confirms.

The departure leaves the Ministry of the Attorney General needing to fill a position that’s been called “one of the toughest public-sector posts there is” — leading the agency that oversees investigations into police-involved fatalities, serious injuries and allegations of sexual assault.

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The vacancy comes after a major, and at times highly critical, Court of Appeal judge’s review of the SIU and its functions, and as Queen’s Park considers new policing legislation that would weaken the police watchdog, including lowering expectations around when it must be called in to investigate officers.

Last month, Doug Ford’s government unveiled its rewrite of the previous government’s police laws, which had granted the SIU greater powers and was dubbed “the most anti-police legislation in Canadian history” by community safety minister Sylvia Jones.

One of Ford’s first moves after becoming premier in July was the 11th-hour halt of the new legislation, scheduled to come into force the next day.

Attorney General Caroline Mulroney — who will have final say on Loparco’s successor — called the SIU process “ridiculously opaque” at last month’s press conference unveiling her government’s new policing laws. Proposed changes to the watchdog’s mandate would include setting a 120-day deadline on its investigations.

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Special Investigations Unit ' s wiki: The Special Investigations Unit (SIU or "the Unit ") is the civilian oversight agency responsible for investigating circumstances involving police that have resulted in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault of a civilian in Ontario Director . Tony Loparco .

Last week, in what will be one of his final acts as director, Loparco laid out a series of concerns about the proposed changes in a letter to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, the investigative deadlines among them. In certain cases, the 120-day deadline will be “virtually impossible to meet,” particularly amid what he calls “significant cuts to the SIU’s budget.”

“No other criminal law enforcement agency has a deadline set on the length of their investigations,” Loparco wrote, adding the deadline is “simply unrealistic and setting the unit up for failure.”

The SIU director job search also comes in the wake of allegations of political interference in another high-profile, law-and-order role. After months of fallout over the appointment of Doug Ford family friend Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner as Ontario Provincial Police commissioner, the government announced Monday that outgoing York Regional Police Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique will instead fill the position.

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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit searching for new director as Tony Loparco steps down © Andrew Lahodynskyj The director vacancy comes after a major, and at times highly critical, Court of Appeal judge’s review of the SIU and its functions.

In an email, Ministry of the Attorney General spokesperson Brian Gray said the government has hired an external recruitment firm to co-ordinate “an extensive search for a new SIU director.” Candidates from a wide range of professional backgrounds will be considered, he said.

“It is contemplated that an interview process will take place with panel recommendations provided to the attorney general. The attorney general will then provide her recommendation to the lieutenant governor in council,” Gray said.

A job description posted online last week lists “political acuity,” leadership skills and sound professional judgment among the qualifications, alongside the ability to manage the SIU “through a period of organizational change.”

André Marin began a three-year stint as SIU director in 1996, and was the ninth director in six years. It’s a “pressure cooker” job, he said, “where you can never win.”

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“If you lay a charge you’re vilified, demonized and police-bashing. If you don’t lay a charge you’re often condemned by community groups who want to see cops’ blood every time there’s an incident,” he said.

Loparco, a former Crown prosecutor, appeared to understand what he was getting himself into, saying before his October 2013 term began that he was “used to being unpopular.” In a press release announcing Loparco’s appointment, then-attorney general John Gerretsen called the job “one of the toughest public-sector posts there is.”

No educational requirements are listed among qualifications for the job, as the only rule — upheld by Ontario’s Police Services Act — is that an SIU director cannot have been a police officer. The prohibition is there to remove any perception of bias toward police.

In his 2016 report on police oversight in Ontario, Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch criticized the hiring trends, noting just two of the SIU’s 13 directors have been women — and both were interim — and that former directors “have not reflected the racial diversity of the province.”

He also noted another diversity problem: all have been lawyers, and 12 of the 13 directors since the watchdog was created in 1990 were Crown prosecutors.

Tulloch questioned this practice in his report, going so far as to say a director need not even be a lawyer, citing as precedent non-lawyers leading oversight bodies in British Columbia and England.

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And akin to concerns about hiring a police officer in the role, Tulloch said appointing a Crown prosecutor could equally raise concerns about bias, since he or she potentially spent years working with police officers.

“In addition, they would seem less likely to appreciate public relations,” Tulloch wrote.

Tulloch’s report was spawned in 2016, following the controversial Toronto police shooting death of Black, mentally ill man Andrew Loku. Black Lives Matter Toronto launched a days-long protest after the SIU cleared Toronto police Const. Andrew Doyle in the shooting, concluding it was justified.

Among the biggest criticisms was the lack of information coming from the SIU to explain its decisions; up until Loku’s death, the director’s report — containing a wealth of detail about its investigation and decision — was not public, sent only to Ontario’s Attorney General.

Tulloch concluded the SIU must be more transparent. Since the report’s release, the watchdog has begun releasing detailed reports in some cases when no charges are laid.

The SIU director job posting appears to act on Tulloch’s recommendations, noting the applicant should have “excellent oral and written communication skills.”

“To me, I think the government would be wise to appoint someone who has a background in community engagement and who can be perceived as legitimate by different communities,” said Kate Puddister, a University of Guelph assistant professor who focuses on police accountability.

“But this is a really challenging role to be in, because you need to be perceived as legitimate by the law enforcement community, and the communities that are being policed.”

Loparco made $234,000 dollars in 2017, according to Ontario’s Public Sector salary disclosure.

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