Nineteen police officers across the province are under investigation, following alleged misconduct during an undercover officer training course earlier this year.
B.C.’s police complaint commissioner announced the investigation Monday (June 13), involving allegations against police officers from city police departments in Abbotsford, Vancouver, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, Saanich, Victoria and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police.
The allegations brought forward were not detailed, and Black Press Media has asked for additional information.
Ian MacDonald, media liaison officer for Surrey Police Service, said Monday (June 13) that he “can confirm that SPS officers were candidates in the training but we’re not releasing numbers and all of the information about this will be coordinated through Metro Vancouver Transit Police, on behalf of the B.C. municipal chiefs.”
Of the 19 officers, the SPS is not releasing how many SPS members are involved in this investigation. “We’re not giving a number,” MacDonald said.
In a statement, the OPCC said the alleged misconduct was reported to the BC Municipal Chiefs of Police by the RCMP who had officers present in an observer role. It was then reported to the OPCC and an order of investigation requested.
“The actions of some municipal police officers while performing various physical acts and activities in some of the scenarios, caused concern that their actions could be defined as potential misconduct under the Police Act,” the statement reads.
“The nature of the allegations includes serious and concerning conduct performed in front of course supervisors and other course participants.”
Chief Const. John Lo of the West Vancouver Police Department has been appointed as the discipline authority to oversee the probe.
The Police Complaint Commissioner is a civilian, independent Officer of the Legislature overseeing complaints, investigations and discipline involving municipal police in British Columbia.
More to come.
with file from Tom Zytaruk