Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2014
New Investigations – Jurisdiction Sustained
On December 28, 2013, RCMP officers in Surrey arrested an adult male in relation to an alleged offense. The RCMP requested the assistance of a police dog handler and police dog from the New Westminster Police Department. During the course of taking the man into custody, the police dog was deployed. The male sustained serious injuries relating to dog bites and was hospitalized for treatment. The incident was reported to the IIO immediately after it occurred, however jurisdiction was not asserted. On January 22, 2014, based on updated information, the IIO asserted jurisdiction and initiated its investigation.
On January 31, 2014, RCMP officers in Comox attended a residence in response to a domestic incident. They located an adult male, and in the course of taking him into custody, deployed a police dog. The male sustained serious injuries relating to dog bites and was hospitalized for treatment.
On February 3, 2014, RCMP officers in Creston arrested an adult male at a residence. During the arrest a physical altercation occurred, during which the affected person sustained serious injury to his ankle. He was hospitalized for treatment.
In all of these cases, the IIO was notified and the investigations are presently underway. The involved police agencies remain responsible for any parallel investigations into the alleged actions of the affected persons.
Reports to Crown Counsel
The Chief Civilian Director has made reports to Crown Counsel relating to incidents involving the RCMP in Langley and Williams Lake.