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The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) opened on October 19, 2009. The OIPRD is an arms-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, staffed entirely by civilians. The OIPRD is accountable to the Attorney General, but the Independent Police Review Director is responsible for the day-to-day decisions.
This means our decisions are independent, and we are separate from the government, the police and the community.
The OIPRD’s goal is to provide an objective, impartial office to receive, manage and oversee the investigation of public complaints against Ontario’s police. The OIPRD also investigates some public complaints.
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In addition to processing and investigating public complaints, the OIPRD is responsible for administering the public complaints system. This includes:
The OIPRD’s oversight role begins with the receipt of a public complaint and continues to the end of the investigation. The Chiefs of Police and Commissioner of the OPP are still responsible for discipline of police officers and holding disciplinary hearings.
Systemic Reviews and Audits
The OIPRD works to identify and offer solutions to systemic or ongoing issues within police services and is responsible for performing audits to ensure the complaints system is being administered effectively.
Education and Outreach
Our office is responsible for teaching the public and the police about the complaints system. The OIPRD also seeks feedback from the public – both community members and police – who have been involved in the public complaints process.