As the Independent Police Review Director, my goal is to provide effective oversight of public complaints, promote accountability of police services across Ontario and increase public confidence in the complaints system.
For the law-abiding citizen, negative contact with the police, whether real or perceived, can have a profound impact on their confidence and trust in the police service as a whole. That’s why oversight of police, and especially civilian oversight of police, is so important to society. It helps assure the public that investigations of police misconduct are conducted thoroughly and fairly. It can discourage misconduct among police officers and improve the policies and services provided by policing organizations. It can also help improve the public’s understanding of police work.
My office works cooperatively with both complainants and police to investigate and resolve complaints. My role, and my organization’s role, is not to get the police or to side with the police. It’s not to advocate for, or represent the public. Instead it is to be neutral and unbiased – fair to police; fair to the public.
I am committed to ensuring constant improvement in the public complaints process to make certain we continue to build public confidence and trust in the public complaints system. I am also committed to providing publicly accessible information about the public complaints system.
This website has been designed to provide easy access to information about the public complaints process. I hope you will find it informative and helpful. To send us your comments and feedback, please visit our Contact Us page.
Independent Police Review Director
Gerry McNeilly was appointed Ontario’s first Independent Police Review Director in June of 2008 and was renewed for another five years in 2013. He is responsible for receiving, managing and overseeing all public complaints against police in Ontario.
Prior to his appointment as the Director, Mr. McNeilly served as the Executive Director for Legal Aid Manitoba for nine years. In 1994, he was appointed Chair and given the responsibility to establish a Schedule 3 Standing Tribunal. He was the Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – now the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He has served as a justice of the peace and a deputy judge. During his years at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Mr. McNeilly served as the Director of the Unified Family Court, as a manager of mediation services, the Acting Director of Courts Administration and helped establish the Unified Family Court system throughout Canada. Mr. McNeilly is also a trained mediator for all areas of law.
Mr. McNeilly was a founding member and the first chair of the African Canadian Legal Clinic in Toronto and A Woman’s Place in Winnipeg, which provides legal support services to abused women.
Mr. McNeilly studied law at Queen’s University and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and Manitoba.