The Independent Inquiry office facing a recruitment problem

enqueteurs-bei-charges-enqueter-evenementsThe Independent Investigation Bureau (EIB), the new body to investigate police work, is unlikely to be able to begin operations on April 1 next year as planned, La Presse has learned.

According to several sources, the EIB, which has until now selected half his 18 investigators, would face a major recruitment problem. One reason would be that active or retired police officers, or other good candidates who could meet the criteria for hiring, would not be interested in the job because of pay and the rules of the public service prevent them from touching both a full salary and full pension.

“Indeed, what is meant is that it is not as competitive working conditions. The still active police are not interested to take less pay in employment and retirees do not want to get cut their pensions, “said a source.

The problem is such that some of our informants even believe that the Bureau could not begin to make inquiries within six months.

In principle, the 18 investigators should have been all appointed at the beginning of November at the latest. Wednesday again, the Cabinet met without appointments to the EIB has been confirmed. ” We are waiting. We do not know what happens, “a source told us recently.

“The implementation is ongoing. The surveys will start in due course, “said laconically said Catherine Poulin, Press Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety Acting Pierre Moreau. Ms. Poulin would not say if the missing nominations will be confirmed before Christmas.

Another element that suggests the timetable set by the owner of the EIB, Ms. Madeleine Giauque, wishing that the Office is operational on April 1, will not be respected. After all selected, the 18 investigators would indeed have started on November 16 last academic training of 18 credits which continued until the end of March. At last, this training was still not begun and it would be surprising that it be before the holidays.

Complaints

After publishing his hiring call in late April, the EIB has received 209 applications of which 180 were considered eligible. Of these, a selection committee chose 40 candidates, 20 police officers or peace officers, and 20 civilians.

These people have undergone a series of tests conducted by the professional skills and abilities of the Evaluation Center of the National Police Academy, were interviewees by the EIB and the selection committee were under investigation to verify their integrity during the summer. Those who have been appointed so far survived all these steps.

In its notice of recruitment of investigators EIB published in April, the Ministry of Public Security requires peace officers who apply have accumulated “a minimum of five years experience in major crime investigations.”

Sources have joined La Presse wondering whether this criterion was met and questioned the rigor of the selection process. According to them, the candidates out of the process have complained to the EIB. They fear that if the selection process was not conducted with rigor, critics trying to torpedo the Independent Inquiry Bureau at the earliest opportunity.

Others said that if the government is slow to name the final nominees, is because it would be dissatisfied with the representativeness of the selected candidates and find that there is not enough investigators from the Sûreté du Quebec in particular. Ms. Madeleine Giauque did not call La Presse.

– In collaboration with Denis Lessard

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What is the EIB?

The EIB was created following the adoption in May 2013 of Act 12 to amend the Police Act regarding independent investigations.

Its investigators will be in charge of investigating the events in which police officers were involved, and in which there was loss of life or injury.

In principle, it will consist of 18 investigators, 9 police or peace officers and 9 civilians, who work in pairs.

The candidates selected so far:

Supervisors:

Mario Champoux, 55
Former SPVM

2006-2015: Investigator major Crimes

Alain Gariépy, 61
2000-2015: Head of the investigators and director of the Mirabel Police

1986-2000: Investigator in the squad banditry, the Crimes against the person and mixed regional squads

Investigators:

Sylvie Beauregard, 52
Former SPVM

2002-2015: Sergeant Detective with Arson

Sébastien Aubry, 42
2014-2015: Analyst SQ and UPAC

1994-2014: Investigator to IVAC

Luc Auclair, 51
Former SPVM

2004-2014: Investigator major Crimes

Martin Dubeau, 36
2014-2015: Analyst Sûreté du Quebec and the UPAC

2009-2014: Investigator in the Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity

Gilles Lagace, 53
Former SPVM

1996-2010: Investigator to the Internal Affairs Division

Donald Lemieux, 51
Former SPVM

2003-2015: Detective Sergeant to Major crimes

Michel Pilon, 65
Former SPVM

Since 2000: Polygraph

1987-2000: Detective Sergeant to Major crimes

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