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December 2, 2008

Resolving Complaints about Police in New Brunswick

A new pamphlet has been launched to assist people who have a complaint about police or policing services in New Brunswick.

The pamphlet, entitled Resolving Complaints about Police in New Brunswick, was released today by the New Brunswick Police Commission in partnership with Public Legal Education and Information Services of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).

“It is important that people give feedback to improve the service the police provide to our communities” said Peter Seheult, Chair of the New Brunswick Police Commission. “This pamphlet will explain the role of the Commission in resolving and addressing concerns”. The Commission Chair noted that complaints may relate to service or policy matters as well as conduct of regional municipal police officers. “We can also assist citizens in directing complaints against the RCMP”, he added.

The pamphlet will answer the following questions:

• What type of complaints can I file with the New Brunswick Police Commission?
• How much time do I have after an incident to make a complaint?
• What happens once I file the complaint with the Commission?
• What if I am not satisfied with the way the police force handles or resolves my complaint?

Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of this free pamphlet can contact PLEIS-NB at pleisnb@web.ca; 506-453-5369, or write to PLEIS-NB, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1. Copies of Resolving Complaints about Policing in New Brunswick will also be available at local police departments, Service New Brunswick offices and numerous other public locations.