The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is mandated to conduct investigations into officer-related incidents of death or serious harm in order to determine whether or not an officer may have committed an offence.
The IIO is established in the Ministry of Justice and is under the command and direction of the Chief Civilian Director. The Chief Civilian Director cannot ever have served as a police officer.
IIO Investigations consists of two general investigative teams and one specialized team, each of which is led by a Director. At the present time, approximately half of IIO Investigators are former police officers. Those without policing backgrounds have significant experience in other investigative agencies. No IIO Investigator has been a police officer in BC within five years of their appointment.
The IIO specialized team consists of Investigators who specialize in forensic identification and collision analysis. Forensic identification and collision analysis are provided through a peer review model, with local police services maintaining responsibility for collecting evidence at a scene while being monitored by the IIO.
Interim Chief Civilian Director
Bert Phipps was appointed as the interim Chief Civilian Director (CCD) of the Independent Investigations Office on September 8, 2016 by Order in Council. Throughout his 37-year career with the Government of B.C., Mr. Phipps worked primarily in the justice field and served for six years as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Corrections Branch. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Shared Services BC and ADM of Employee Relations at the Public Service Agency.
Mr. Phipps has extensive experience in the areas of executive leadership, organizational development, labour relations and enhancing employee engagement.
In acknowledgement of his Public Service career achievements, Mr. Phipps was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and was a 2013 Premier’s Awards Provincial Finalist in the Legacy category. He was also awarded the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and First Bar.
Most recently, Mr. Phipps has been engaged with the IIO in his capacity as a consultant providing executive coaching to the IIO leadership team. Mr. Phipps will remain with the IIO until such time as the Government of B.C. appoints a permanent CCD.