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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have comments or feedback.
Police Complaint Commissioner
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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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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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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