Complaint against a police officer

 

The KRPF strives to serve the public in an impartial and professional manner. The role of police officers is to maintain peace, order and public safety. To carry out their duties, police officers have broad powers, but they also have duties and obligations.

In the performance of their duties, all police officers are subject to rules and standards of conduct. In Québec, these rules and standards are laid out in the Code of Ethics of Québec Police Officers and the Code of Discipline for KRPF officers.

If you believe a police officer has breached his duties and obligations in the performance of his duties, you may file a complaint with the:

Commissaire à la déontologie policière (police ethics commissioner).

The Québec police ethics system is independent from the Kativik Regional Police Force.

 Governed by the Police Act, it aims to protect citizens in their interactions with police.

It should be noted that when a citizen makes a police ethics complaint, the KRPF is required to cooperate with the police ethics commissioner and ascertain that there was no breach of discipline by the police officer.

Any person who believes they have been treated by a police officer in a manner that violates the Code of Ethics of Québec Police Officers may file a complaint with the police ethics commissioner or at any police station.

The complaint must be in writing and filed no later than one year from the date of the event or from awareness of the event that gave rise to the complaint.


How to File a Complaint

You can file a complaint using any of the following methods:

1.    Email the office of the police ethics commissioner at https://deontologie-policiere.gouv.qc.ca/en/le-commissaire/nos-services/deposer-une-plainte/police-ethics-complaint.html.

2.    Call the office of the police ethics commissioner toll free at 1-877-237-7897.

3.    Go to any police station.

4.    Fill out a complaint form in Inuktitut at any municipal office in Nunavik.  


Activities that May Be the Subject of a Complaint

The Code of Ethics of Québec Police Officers prohibits police officers from:

  • Using greater force than is necessary;
  • Making threats or using intimidation or harassment;
  • Knowingly bringing a charge against any person without grounds;
  • Abusing their authority to obtain a statement or confession;
  • Detaining for interrogation any person who is not under arrest.

    The Code of Ethics of Québec Police Officers also sets out rules for handling weapons, taking people in custody, conducting searches and investigations, and more.

    For further information, read the Code of Ethics of Québec Police Officers.