RCMP 'anxious' to participate in Dziekanski Taser inquiry: Commissioner

Canada.com 11/13/2008 10:08
'We are anxious to participate because . . . we cannot provide effective policing services to communities without the support of those communities,' RCMP commissioner William Elliott said Wednesday.
Handout/Paul Pritchard

'We are anxious to participate because . . . we cannot provide effective policing services to communities without the support of those communities,' RCMP commissioner William Elliott said Wednesday. Handout/Paul Pritchard


VANCOUVER - The RCMP is "anxious" to participate in an upcoming Taser inquiry and is working toward restoring public confidence in the wake of a series of high-profile investigations of officers, Commissioner William Elliott says.



Speaking to a lunch meeting of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Elliott - the force's 22nd commissioner and first civilian head - said his officers will readily take part in the inquiry slated to resume Jan. 19.

"We are anxious to participate to the fullest extent possible," Elliott told reporters. "We are anxious to participate because . . . we cannot provide effective policing services to communities without the support of those communities.

"We have to be held accountable and we are anxious to be held accountable. (But Judge Thomas) Braidwood and others need to understand there are some limits to what we can do, particularly prior to the provincial Crown making a decision about potential charges."


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