The government recently announced that it will set up an independent, civilian body to investigate police cases involving death or serious harm.
The news was generally well received by British Columbians.
The NDP critic wasted no time in finding fault with it. He wanted all kinds of other cases included in its mandate.
Now, a police chief also wants it broadened considerably.
I think that is a folly.
Once it is burdened with a wide scope of cases, it will quickly turn into a large bureaucratic lethargic mass, slow and unresponsive and protecting its own fiefdom.
Keep it slim, trim and agile.
As is the case with police work, high-profile cases take a long time to close the files.
Model it like the Supreme Court – you could apply to see if they will entertain a particular case.
Dave Bains, Surrey