The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is inviting written submissions for its systemic review of Ontario police services’ policies and practices for conducting strip searches of people arrested or otherwise detained.
In R. v. Golden, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that strip searches are a significant infringement of a person’s privacy and personal dignity. Strip searches are justified only in unusual circumstances and must be conducted in a manner that does not violate a person’s rights under the Charter.
The OIPRD is interested in hearing from individuals and organizations with expertise and interest in the issues around strip searches, including:
Written submissions should include the name of the organization or person delivering the submission, along with reasons for their interest in the issues of the OIPRD’s systemic review of police practices for conducting strip searches. The OIPRD requests written submissions by April 14, 2017. Submissions may be emailed to OIPRD@ontario.ca or mailed to:
Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Police Practices for Strip Searches Systemic Review
655 Bay Street, 10th Floor
The systemic review is examining the following:
A final report summarizing the findings of the review and outlining recommendations and advice for the overall improvement of police practices will be released publicly.