Independent Investigations Office of BC
July 18, 2013
SURREY – Today, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) released its inaugural Annual Report in accordance with Section 38.12 of the Police Act.
The IIO was established as a civilian investigative agency following recommendations from two public inquiries led by Justices William H. Davies and Thomas R. Braidwood. The mandate of the IIO is to conduct investigations into officer involved incidents of death and serious harm. While the IIO is operationally independent from government, the Chief Civilian Director reports to the Attorney General.
Richard Rosenthal is the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO. Commencing in January 2012, his task was to build on government’s vision of independent civilian oversight of police investigations on behalf of all British Columbians. Since becoming operational on Sept. 10, 2012, the IIO has conducted numerous criminal investigations resulting in both public reports and reports to Crown counsel.
This report covers the period Jan. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 with an emphasis on the period since the agency became operational on Sept. 10, 2012.
Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal –
“I am honoured to have delivered the first Annual Report for the IIO to Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Honourable Suzanne Anton. Approximately 18 months ago, I came to B.C. to establish a new form of civilian oversight of law enforcement. I knew we would need to earn the public’s trust and ensure public confidence through the public reporting of case decisions arising from thorough and competent investigations. I am pleased to share this report with the people of British Columbia, a number of whom have been instrumental in the establishment of the IIO, and I look forward to continued quality improvement as we progress into our next year of operations.”
Download report: IIO 2012-2013 Annual Report [1791KB]
For more information on the IIO, see: www.iiobc.ca