For Immediate Release
Aug. 13, 2012
B.C.’s police agencies sign MOU with the IIO
SURREY – Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Independent Investigations Office and B.C.’s police agencies, signalling the beginning of a collaborative working relationship.
The MOU was signed by the RCMP as represented by the Commanding Officer, “E” Division, 11 municipal police departments, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service, and the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police (represented by their Chief Constables and Chief Officers). The MOU addresses all aspects of investigations including notification to the IIO, scene security, designation of subject and witness officers and concurrent investigations.
Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal –
“The creation of this MOU is essential to the success of the Independent Investigations Office. This was a lengthy and complex process which was approached with a spirit of co-operation and collaboration by every B.C. law enforcement agency and the Police Services Division of the Ministry of Justice. Input was received from police union representatives, police boards and civil liberty and advocacy organizations. Everyone came to the table, in good faith, to provide the IIO with the tools necessary to improve public confidence in investigations of the police and to bring the recommendations of Justice Braidwood to fruition. This is an excellent start.”
Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General –
“The creation of an independent process for police investigations has been a priority for the B.C. government. With the creation of the Independent Investigations Office and now the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding with police, British Columbians can have more confidence in the investigation process and we believe this will ultimately enhance public confidence in overall policing in our province.”
- The IIO was established under amendments to B.C.’s Police Act that came into force in July 2011.
- It is a civilian-led investigative body due to be operational on Sept. 10, 2012.
- To ensure there is no perception of bias, the Chief Civilian Director cannot be a person who is a current or former member of a police force or RCMP.
- The IIO has moved into the new facility in Surrey and is expected to have 60 full-time staff.
- The IIO investigators, both civilians and former police officers, have been hired and are in training at the Justice Institute of BC and the Canadian Police College.
- The IIO will conduct criminal investigations regarding police-related incidents that result in death or serious harm.
Senior Manager, Strategic Projects and Public Engagement
Independent Investigations Office of BC