IIO Asserts Jurisdiction in Mission

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Feb. 15, 2013


SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms that it has asserted jurisdiction in an officer-related incident involving the Mission RCMP and the Integrated Police Dog Section.

According to the notification by RCMP, on Feb. 4, 2013, at 00:35 hours, an adult male fled a police traffic stop. He was later observed abandoning the vehicle and leaving the scene on foot. Approximately 20 minutes later, the male was located and taken into custody with the assistance of a police service dog. During the arrest, the male sustained injuries related to being bitten by a police dog and was subsequently transported to hospital.

The IIO was notified shortly after the incident and after a review of the medical information, has asserted jurisdiction.

The IIO and the Mission RCMP will work within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.’s police services in July 2012. As set by the Chief Civilian Director, the IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.

The involved police service remains responsible for the concurrent investigation into the actions of the affected person.

Please note that no additional information is available at the present time.

Kellie Kilpatrick
Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia

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