Nanaimo – The Editor, Re: “Transparency key when it comes to police complaints,” the Now, March 3. As this editorial points out, B.C.’s police complaints process lacks transparency and accountability. That applies not only to investigations into police but to the agency that oversees them. B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner operates in near secrecy and answers to no one. Unless a case happens to get publicity, we don’t know how the OPCC handled it.
Any reforms to the Police Act should start with police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe’s office.