Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Saanich.
On November 18, 2021, the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner (OPCC) received a report regarding a March 13, 2021 incident involving the Saanich Police Department that resulted in injuries to one man. On March 9, 2022, the OPCC received information that the injuries sustained by the man may meet the Police Act definition of serious harm and notified the IIO on May 11, 2022. The IIO has since commenced an investigation.
The man, who is the affected person in this case, reported that at about 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2021, he was apprehended by police from his home.
On March 18, 2021, the man indicated he was in pain to medical personnel and was subsequently treated for a serious injury.
The IIO’s initial investigative steps will seek to determine when and how the injury to the affected person occurred, and whether police actions or inactions played any role.
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.