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The OIPRD Becomes Law Enforcement Complaints Agency (LECA)

04/02/2024, by: Admin

TORONTO – On April 01, 2024, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) became Law Enforcement Complaints Agency (LECA) under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019.

LECA operates in much the same way that the OIPRD did, continuing to receive, screen, and investigate public complaints concerning police conduct. However, the mandate now includes Special Constables employed by the Niagara Parks Commission, Peace Officers of the Legislative Protective Service, and First Nations police officers if their service opts into the CSPA.

As before, the Director may conduct systemic reviews of matters related to police conduct, and now has the authority to initiate a conduct investigation in the absence of a public complaint.

LECA is no longer responsible for complaints about policy and service, which is the responsibility of the IOP (Inspectorate of Policing), or posting disciplinary hearing decisions, which is the responsibility of the OPAAC (Ontario Police Arbitration and Adjudication Commission).