Complaints include excessive use of force, female strip searches by male officers, and physical and sexual assault. 

“I am satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for me to initiate this complaint, following the concerns expressed by Human Rights Watch in its report,” says the Interim Chair of the Commission in an online statement.

The RCMP watchdog will look at how northern B.C. police deal with public intoxication and cross-gender searches, and how they handle missing persons and domestic violence reports, as well as youth files. It will also investigate their use of force.

The Commission will determine whether RCMP conduct in those matters was in line with protocol, and whether current procedures are adequate, and make recommendations accordingly.