Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has filed a report to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges regarding IIO file 2019-116.
The incident relates to a motor vehicle collision that occurred on July 1, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. between an off-duty police officer and a motorcyclist at the 26400 block of 56th Avenue, Langley. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries.
Upon completion of the investigation, IIO Chief Civilian Director Ronald J. MacDonald, QC determined that reasonable grounds exist to believe that an officer may have committed an offence. As a result, and pursuant to Section 38.11 of the Police Act, the IIO has forwarded the report to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of potential Motor Vehicle Act driving offences in relation to the actions of the officer involved.
In order to approve the charges, the BC Prosecution service must be satisfied that there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO, and that prosecution is required in the public interest.
While the matter is with the Crown, the IIO will not be making any additional comment about the facts of this case.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.