The creation of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) profoundly changes the way police in British Columbia are investigated when they have been involved in incidents that result in death or serious harm. The IIO is responsible to investigate these incidents everywhere in British Columbia, and is committed to ensuring that communities are well informed of our mandate, operations and investigative structure.
We believe that the best way to inform communities about our work is to meet them. To achieve this goal, the IIO has developed a Community Engagement strategy that extends through 2014. This strategy commits the Chief Civilian Director and his staff to hosting community meetings in select communities across the province as well as attending key regional events and other outreach opportunities.
In addition to community engagement, the IIO has dedicated resources to develop and maintain our relationships with our stakeholders. Stakeholders include First Nations leadership; community advocacy; non-profit organizations; other government ministries; police services; civil libertarian agencies; faculties of education and other civilian oversight agencies. We will be looking for opportunities to engage in discussion, consultation and public education across the province and in particular, across the diverse population we serve.
Senior Investigator, Stakeholder Relations
The Senior Investigator, Stakeholder Relations is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating a framework for community engagement and stakeholder consultation strategies throughout the province including client services, responding to complaints, requests for information and issues management. This entails building and maintaining partnerships with our stakeholders and promotes the transparency and accountability goals of the IIO.
In addition, the Senior Investigator, Stakeholder Relations is a resource to IIO investigators who may require information about the communities where an incident has taken place, in particular, any cultural protocols that need to be respected in First Nations and other Aboriginal communities.
Senior Investigator, Affected Persons
As the IIO only asserts jurisdiction in circumstances which result in serious harm or death, every incident may significantly impact those involved, including the injured party, family members or civilian witnesses. These “Affected Persons” have the right to be supported throughout the investigation and treated with dignity, compassion and respect. The IIO has a Senior Investigator dedicated to providing emotional, practical and educational support to Affected Persons.
The role of the Senior Investigator, Affected Persons varies with each case, and may include providing immediate critical incident debriefing, referral to community supports and resources, being a consistent point of contact for the IIO, and helping Affected Persons navigate the investigative system. Services to Affected Persons are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although much of this work is conducted locally or over the phone, the Senior Investigator, Affected Persons is available to travel throughout B.C. as required.