Complaints against police in Manitoba are on the rise.
There were 138 overall complaints in 2014, up from 117 the year before.
The Law Enforcement Review Agency – or LERA – commissioner Max Churley tells us excessive force or unnecessary violence is still the main complaint. Even though the numbers show an increase, Churley says they tend to fluctuate from year to year.
Churley says his organization is not to be confused with the Independent Investigations Unit. LERA is an administrative process that looks into conduct issues, whereas the IIU is involved in serious criminal cases.
LERA has jurisdiction over 1,600 police officers in Manitoba, but not the RCMP.