ADVISORY RE COVID-19

The public is advised that the Office of Police Complaint Commissioner continues to fully operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic and related government actions. While we are unable to offer in-person meetings, in order to protect the health and safety of all parties, we have TEMPORARILY restricted access to 947 Fort Street, Victoria, members of the public seeking information and/or making municipal complaints can do so in the following ways:

Online through OPCC website (“Make a Complaint” below)

Email: info@opcc.bc.ca | Phone: 1 (250) 356-7458 | Toll Free: 1 (877) 999-8707

Thank you for understanding. We will be closely monitoring this situation and will reassess these measures as needed.

OPCC COMPLAINTS

The Office of Police Complaints Commissioner has jurisdiction over municipal police officers in British Columbia. During the provincial State of Emergency the OPCC will be facilitating public access to complaint processes involving other types of law enforcement officers.

If you wish to make a complaint involving other types of law enforcement officers, including the provincial compliance and enforcement officers, RCMP, or municipal by-law officers, the OPCC will assist you with contacting the responsible government or oversight agency or by receiving and forwarding your complaint to those agencies on your behalf.

Make a complaint about the RCMP here

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The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner promotes accountable policing within our communities and enhances public confidence in law enforcement through impartial, transparent civilian oversight.

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Welcome to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner for British Columbia. As part of our mandate to provide independent oversight of police conduct, we seek to be accessible to all British Columbians.

Policing in Canada finds its foundation on a bedrock of public trust.  Maintaining that trust is achieved in large measure by ensuring the police conduct themselves in a manner reflective of the values and expectations of the diverse communities they serve.  We at the OPCC strive to listen closely to the voices of all British Columbians so that we may best serve the public interest in furtherance of accountable, transparent and compassionate policing.

This website is one place to learn about our office and the work we do therefore we look forward to hearing from British Columbians.  Please contact us at: info@opcc.bc.ca if you have comments or feedback. 

Sincerely,

Clayton Pecknold
Police Complaint Commissioner

Latest News

May 28, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has arranged a Review on the Record into the demotion of a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Sergeant found to have been deceitful in an investigation into an alleged misconduct involving the off duty conduct of VPD members and a complainant who was a Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service at the time.
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May 21, 2020

The continuation of a hearing into misconduct charges against Vancouver Police Department constables has been delayed due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Hearing into the misconduct allegations facing Constables Eric Ludeman and Neil Logan began in early March and was set to conclude next week. The continuation of the hearing is contingent upon ensuring the necessary protocols are in place in accordance with guidelines set by the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC. The public will be advised of the rescheduled dates for the continuation of the hearing on the OPCC website. The hearing centres on misconduct allegations against Constables Ludeman and Logan, stemming from a complaint of excessive use of force and improper entry into a private residence. The complaint was investigated by the Victoria Police Department before being referred to a retired judge for review. The judge found that although the entry was unlawful, the officers had not committed misconduct. The Commissioner granted the complainant’s request for a Public Hearing into the allegations, noting that it was in the public’s interest to do so.
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May 14, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has arranged a Review on the Record into the Victoria Police Department’s (VicPD) decision to dismiss a constable for discreditable conduct. The Discipline Authority found that Constable Brad Meyer had breached the Police Act through discreditable conduct in an incident on February 13, 2019. Among other allegations, he was found to have created a traffic hazard by shoveling snow onto a roadway and behaving in a profane and threatening manner when confronted by RCMP officers responding to the scene. After interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence under the oversight of the OPCC, the VicPD issued its determination on March 18, 2020, bearing out the allegations of discreditable conduct against Constable Meyer and proposing he be dismissed. In his Notice of Review issued today, the Police Complaint Commissioner noted that Constable Meyer requested a review of the decision to dismiss him from the Victoria Police Department and that the sole issue to be determined is whether the penalty of dismissal was reasonable. The Honourable Carole Lazar, retired Provincial Court Judge, will preside as the adjudicator of the review on the record, which has yet to be scheduled.
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Did you know?

Please see a snapshot of our statistics from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

487 47%

79 8%

403 39%

68 6%

Number of Complaints Received
Number of Investigations Ordered
Number of Reportable Injuries
Number of Complaint Resolutions