After taking some time to welcome everyone back from the summer hiatus, a third-year student from the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law held a presentation for our group about the LEAP/CLA Police Complaints Project.
The Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) is a University of Windsor, Faculty of Law initiative aimed at developing research and policy on issues surrounding police accountability and racial profiling. Community Legal Aid (CLA) is a student legal clinic offering free legal services to qualifying members of the community. The Police Complaints Project will provide assistance to individuals in Windsor-Essex County who wish to file a complaint against the police with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).
The presentation and subsequent discussion involved the history of the formation of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), its structure, goals and objectives, as well as the procedures for filing complaints through OIPRD and the ways in which LEAP/CLA can provide assisitance to individuals who wish to file compaints.
OIPRD is an arms length body within the Ministry of the Attorney General created to monitor and process complaints against Police in Ontario. The Director is independent of the government, the police and the public.
The Office of the Independent Police Review Director 's website can be found at OIPRD.
The Law Enforcement Accountability Project's website can be found at LEAP
After the presentation, the topics of the future of the Windsor Humanist Society in general were discussed, specifically the possibility of choosing a new Chairman and finding a new meeting venue for the October meeting.
The discussion topic for October's meeting has not yet been set.