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Media Inquiries:

Members of the media can use our dedicated media phone line to contact the OIPRD. Please indicate if you are working to deadline.

Phone: 416-314-4517

Facts about the OIPRD:

  • The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) opened on October 19, 2009
  • The Ontario Police Services Act, 1990 sets out the OIPRD’s mandate as well as its authority and obligations to operate the public complaints system for Ontario 
  • OIPRD receives, manages and oversees public complaints about sworn police officers employed by all municipal and regional police services and the Ontario Provincial Police
  • OIPRD receives more than 3,000 complaints annually
  • OIPRD has a staff of 52

Director Gerry McNeilly:

  • Director McNeilly was appointed Ontario’s first Independent Police Review Director in June 2008 for a five-year term. His term was renewed for a further five years in June 2013.
  • Director McNeilly’s biography


The OIPRD is mandated to protect the privacy of all individuals involved in the complaints process. Under the Police Services Act, the OIPRD cannot provide third parties with any information about complaints or complainants. For this reasons, we do not comment on or release information about individual public complaints.


Systemic Reviews

The OIPRD has the power to conduct systemic reviews. A systemic review examines the procedures, practices and policies, and any root causes that may promote or perpetuate systemic issues within a police service. The purpose of a systemic review is to determine whether systemic failings have occurred and identify issues to be addressed in order to make recommendations for change, rather than assign individual fault. A systemic review will sometimes be done at the same time as a conduct investigation, although they involve separate procedures. 

  • Thunder Bay Police Service Practices as they Relate to Indigenous People, specifically Indigenous death and missing person investigations
  • Police Practices for Strip Searches
  • Police Interactions with People in Crisis and Use of Force
Completed systemic reviews:


​Nov 2, 2017 ​OIPRD Welcomes Proposed Legislation to Strengthen Complaint System​
​Sep 11, 2017 ​OIPRD to Hold Public Meeting in Thunder Bay​​
​Apr 6, 2017 OIPRD Welcomes Recommendations to Improve Complaint System​​
​Mar 31, 2017 OIPRD Releases Interim Report on Police Interactions with People in Crisis​
​Mar 16, 2017

​OIPRD Invites Submissions for Police Strip Search Review​

​Feb 13, 2017

OIPRD Extends Dea​dline for Submissions to the Review of Thunder Bay Police Service Practices for Policing Indigenous Peoples
​Nov 3, 201​6

OIPRD to Review Thunder Bay Police Service Practices for Policing Indigenous Peoples​​

Terms of Reference in Ojibway​

​Jul 26, 2016

​OIPRD to Review Police Practices for Strip Searches​

​Jul 12, 2016 OIPRD Releases Report on OPP Practices for DNA Canvasses
Apr 15, 2015

​Mar 3, 2014
OIPRD Revises Terms of Reference for Use of Force Review

OIPRD to Review OPP Practices for Obtaining Voluntary DNA Samples​
​Backgrounder - OIPRD Releases Terms of Reference for Review of OPP Practices for DNA Sampling
Feb 24, 2014 OIPRD to Review Toronto Police Service's Use of Force
​Backgrounder - OIPRD Release Terms of Reference for TPS Use of Force Review

Nov 6, 2013 OIPRD Launches Mediation For Public Complaints
Backgrounder - Backgrounder OIPRD Launches Mediation For Public Complaints​

​May 16, 2012 OIPRD Releases G20 Systemic Review Report
  Backgrounder - OIPRD Releases Systemic Review Report

Jun 24, 2011

OIPRD Releases Status for G20 Review 

Nov 4, 2010 OIPRD Releases G20 Review Terms of Reference
  Backgrounder - OIPRD Releases G20 Review Terms of Reference

Jul 22, 2010 OIPRD To Conduct Review of G20 Police Complaints
  Backgrounder -  OIPRD to Conduct Review of G20 Police Complaints

Oct 19, 2009 New Public Oversight Body Opens
  Backgrounder - Office of the Independent Police Review Director Opens