IIO is Investigating an Incident in Saanich (2021-066)

Case: 2021-066 Incident Date: March 16, 2021 Agency: Municipal Location: Saanich Detachment: Victoria Police Department Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Saanich.

Information provided by the Victoria Police Department indicates that on March 16, 2021, a man in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC) was found to be unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The IIO was notified on March 18 and commenced an investigation as the man had been in the custody of the Victoria Police Department on March 15 before being transferred to VIRCC.

The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions played in the man’s condition.


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.


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