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PPSC Declines to Approve Charges Against RCMP Constable

Vancouver – June 15, 2016 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) today announced that it declined to approve charges against a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in relation to his role in an arrest in Whitehorse, Yukon, on April 5, 2015.

The incident was investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which subsequently submitted a Report to Crown Counsel to the PPSC. When investigating a complaint against a police officer in the Yukon, ASIRT does not recommend whether charges should be laid.

Counsel from the PPSC’s British Columbia Regional Office was assigned conduct of the charge assessment to avoid any actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest.

The decision not to approve charges was made applying the standard in the PPSC’s policy on Decision to Prosecute, Chapter 2.3 of the PPSC Deskbook, a public document. Under this policy, when deciding whether to initiate a prosecution, the PPSC must first determine if there is a reasonable prospect of conviction. If there is, the PPSC must then determine if a prosecution would best serve the public interest.

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