Renovating Independent Police Review

(2017) 64 Criminal Law Quarterly (Forthcoming)

27 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2017  

Kent Roach

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Lorne Sossin

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: June 7, 2017


This article assesses the major recommendations made in the Ontario’s Independent Police Oversight Review by Justice Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal with an emphasis on how they fit into a broader system of police review, governance, and improvement. The first part will examine the role of criminal investigations of deaths and serious personal injuries caused by the police. The second will examine the role of independent complaints process and the third will examine the adjudication of complaints against the police that result in disciplinary charges. The concluding part will examine various ways to complete the independent review system including the role of coroners’ inquests, those who govern the police, a proposed Policing College that may move the police towards a regulated profession model and finally our main proposal to supplement the reforms recommended by Justice Tulloch: the creation of community advisory board(s) designed to build better relationships between those who review the police and the communities most affected by policing. This article examines the limits of formal law reform, especially reforms designed to attain the illusive quality of public confidence and examines the importance of politics, history and sociology.

Keywords: Police Shootings, Review Police Complaints, Adjudication, Police-Community Relations

Suggested Citation

Roach, Kent and Sossin, Lorne, Renovating Independent Police Review (June 7, 2017). (2017) 64 Criminal Law Quarterly (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN:

Kent Roach (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1
416-946-5645 (Phone)
416-978-2648 (Fax)

Lorne Sossin

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

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