The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) receives, manages and oversees all complaints about police in Ontario.

As an independent civilian oversight agency, the OIPRD ensures all public complaints against the police are dealt with in a manner that is transparent, effective and fair.

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Notifications Update on Knock and Announce Rule (Dynamic Entries)

Aug 17, 2023

TORONTO – On November 18, 2022, the Director issued a Notification Letter to all Ontario police services outlining how they could prevent further public complaints about dynamic entries, and enhance public trust by reviewing and updating their related policies and procedures. This letter and responses from Ontario police services are available on the OIPRD’s website […]

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Thunder Bay Progress Report Tracker

May 15, 2023

Today, the OIPRD’s website has a new page tracking progress implementing the forty-four recommendations in Broken Trust: Indigenous People and the Thunder Bay Police Service. At the time Broken Trust was released, the OIPRD committed to publishing a report on the progress implementing its recommendations for two years.  In February 2020, the OIPRD released One […]

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Notification Letter: Dynamic Entries

Nov 18, 2022

Today, the Director issued a Notification Letter to all Ontario police services about issues arising from dynamic entries, or police departing from the “knock and announce” rule during the execution of search warrants at residences. This letter is available on the OIPRD website under the “Notifications” tab at www.oiprd.on.ca/news/notifications. Notification letters proactively identify issues which, […]

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Systemic Reviews

The Police Services Act​ gives the OIPRD the power to conduct systemic reviews. A systemic review goes beyond the immediate issues raised by a given complaint and looks at the underlying causes to determine​ whether an organization’s practices comply with its underlying legal and policy framework and, more importantly, whether that framework can be improved to prevent such issues from arising in the future.

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