Chief Civilian Director Makes Report to Crown Counsel

Posted March 26, 2013

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013

SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms that the Chief Civilian Director has made his first report to Crown counsel with respect to an officer-involved incident that took place in Creston on Oct. 6, 2012.

At approximately 01:00 hours (1 A.M.), Creston RCMP attended a local business in response to a complaint.  While police were dealing with the situation, an adult male became involved and a physical altercation ensued.  This resulted in the male sustaining serious facial injuries.  He was transported to a medical facility and was provided medical care.

The IIO was notified by the RCMP and asserted jurisdiction after establishing the affected person’s injuries met the definition of serious harm.  IIO investigators conducted a series of standardized investigative tasks including interviews and an examination of the evidence obtained.

The Chief Civilian Director has completed his review of the investigative file and has forwarded a report to Crown counsel, pursuant to section 38.11 of the Police Act.  This occurs when the Chief Civilian Director considers that an officer may have committed an offence under any enactment.

The Chief Civilian Director does not make a recommendation on what charges he believes Crown counsel should consider.  Crown counsel maintains full jurisdiction over the charge assessment and charge approval process.

Under these circumstances, no public report will be issued by the IIO and no further information will be provided.

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Independent Investigations Office website:  http://www.iiobc.ca/

Contact:
Kellie Kilpatrick
Independent Investigations Office of BC
kellie.kilpatrick@iiobc.ca