The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of British Columbia is a civilian-led police oversight agency established in response to recommendations arising from public inquiries led by Justices Braidwood and Davies. These inquiries highlighted the need for increased public confidence in police oversight, accountability and transparency in policing in British Columbia.
The IIO is responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of the actions or inactions of a police officer, whether on or off duty. The IIO is led by a Chief Civilian Director (CCD), who cannot ever have served as a member of a police force, and operates under the Ministry of Attorney General. All investigative decision-making is completely independent from the Ministry. The CCD is eligible to be appointed for a maximum of two five-year terms by Order in Council.