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

January 5, 2021

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) will initiate a Police Act investigation into the fatal shooting in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver today by Vancouver Police officers.
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December 17, 2020

With the decision of the B.C. Prosecution Service declining criminal charges in the matter of the death of Mr. Myles Gray after the use of force by Vancouver Police Officers, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) will now be proceeding with a disciplinary-conduct investigation into the actions of the officers. A mandatory external Police Act investigation was ordered in August 2015, but was suspended while the criminal investigation was underway.
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December 8, 2020

Criminal charges against two Vancouver Police officers have been approved by the B.C. Prosecution Service following a referral by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC). After being made aware of a use of force incident involving Vancouver Police officers and a member of the public, Mr. Jamiel Moore-Williams, the OPCC determined that an investigation into the force used by police was required. The RCMP were appointed to conduct this investigation and carried out a criminal investigation into this matter. The RCMP completed their investigation but did not refer the matter to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of criminal charges. On February 10, 2020, upon review of the RCMP investigation, the Police Complaint Commissioner considered that one or more officers may have committed criminal offences and referred the matter directly to the B.C. Prosecution Service under section 111 of the Police Act. Additionally, a disciplinary-conduct investigation under the Police Act will take place but is suspended pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. In order to protect the integrity of those proceedings the OPCC will not provide further comment while they are underway.
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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