Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has made two separate reports to Crown Counsel as required by the Police Act.
Section 38.11 of the Police Act requires the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO to refer a case to Crown if an officer MAY have committed an offence under any enactment. The threshold for referral to Crown is lower for the IIO than for other law enforcement agencies in the province.
The CCD does not recommend charges when referring cases to Crown.
This file relates to the serious injuries of a male affected person on April 5, 2015 as a result of a motor vehicle incident involving a subject officer of the Coquitlam RCMP.
This file relates to the serious injuries of a male affected person on October 2, 2014 during an arrest by officers of the Vancouver Police Department.
Under the Crown Counsel Act, the Criminal Justice Branch has jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process. In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal Justice Branch policy provides that in making this assessment Crown Counsel will apply a two-part test:
- There must be a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the investigating agency.
- A prosecution must be required in the public interest.
Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.
Manager, Strategic Communications