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McLean questions planned police complaints procedures

The Ombudsman Bill was given a second reading Monday (20 March) in the Legislative Assembly, and East End MLA Arden McLean used the opportunity to grill Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson about how complaints against police will be carried out in reality.

The bill addresses how the Ombudsman Office will handle the estimated 100 formal complaints per year against police and the methods by which the public can make them. Mr. McLean questioned whether any complaints made by the public at a local police station would actually make their way up the ladder to the Ombudsman’s Office for review.
Mr. Manderson responded by saying there are provisions in place to ensure that reporting happens. He says it would cost upwards of $1 million to set up a completely different, independent body to deal solely with complaints against law enforcement.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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