Some of the reforms Zeiler recommends

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
February 19, 2007 01:41
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  • The ability of the head of an investigation to act independently, without oversight by his commanders, will be seriously limited, and heads of investigations into "serious crimes" will be required to make periodic reports to their supervisors.
  • In police units where the procedures will demand, periodic reviews will be held during which a sample set of case files will be examined in order to ensure proper management and prevent premature closure of the case files. No less than 20% of the case files per annum will be examined in any given review.
  • The procedures for nomination and for turnover will be reexamined and revamped. The commission strongly criticized the high and quick turnover rate in sensitive command positions within the police, a system that allowed key cases and problems to "fall between the cracks."
  • The guidelines for "operating a source" will be reassessed and strengthened, after the commission's inquiry revealed large "grey areas" in the field of who is allowed to use criminals as intelligence sources, what sort of payoffs are permissible, and how the meetings with sources are held and documented.
  • The current procedures for closing cases are to be reassessed to reduce the number of case files that are closed before the investigative possibilities have been exhausted.
  • All information that police may have indicating that a member of the force has any sort of connection with criminal offenses must be turned over to the Police Investigative Department even if it is not certain that the officer themselves committed a criminal offence.
  • An immediate investigation must be opened in the PID with regard to the so-called "Batteries Affair."

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