The creation of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) profoundly changed the way police in British Columbia are investigated when they are involved in incidents that result in death or serious harm. The IIO is responsible for investigating these incidents throughout the province and is committed to ensuring that communities are well aware of our mandate, operations and investigative structure. In addition, the IIO is committed to increasing police confidence in our investigations.
We believe that the best way to inform communities about our work is to meet with them, so we developed a Community Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This plan commits the Chief Civilian Director and staff to meeting with as many community groups as possible across the province, as well as attending key regional events and other opportunities.
The objectives behind these outreach and engagement efforts are:
• To promote understanding of the IIO’s mandate and role in police oversight;
• To develop and strengthen strategic relationships; and
• To increase public awareness and address misconceptions.
These objectives support the IIO’s organizational goals of investigative excellence, timeliness and relationships, as outlined in the IIO’s 2022/25 Strategic Plan.
The IIO will be reaching out to connect with various groups, including but not limited to:
• First Nations Communities
• Community Advocacy and Civil Liberties Groups
• Non-profit Organizations
• Police Agencies
• Academic Institutions
We are seeking opportunities to engage in discussion, consultation and public education across BC and across the diverse population we serve. If you see an opportunity for the IIO to engage with your community, please contact us.