Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2014
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office of BC confirms it has released all jurisdiction over yesterday’s MVI in Langley to the RCMP.
According to the RCMP, a marked police vehicle was travelling code 3 (emergency equipment activated) in response to an unrelated complaint. The police vehicle collided with a civilian vehicle near 268th and Fraser Highway in Langley.
The police officer was injured however he was released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Occupants of the civilian vehicle sustained injuries however further assessment by IIO investigators determined that none of the injuries were serious in nature. As of last evening, all affected people from the civilian vehicle had been released from hospital.
In order for the IIO to sustain jurisdiction, a two part test must be met:
- The injury (injuries) must meet the definition of serious harm as defined in the Police Act and
- There must be a nexus, or relationship, between the injuries and the actions of the police officer.
In this case, the injuries sustained by the affected persons do not meet the definition of serious harm. The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the information obtained during the IIO preliminary investigation and has determined all jurisdiction will be released to the RCMP.
All further inquiries should be made to the Langley RCMP who will continue with their investigation into the actions of the affected person (s).
Langley RCMP Media