Commissioner’s Biography

Police Complaint Commissioner, Prabhu Rajan

Prabhu Rajan was sworn in as British Columbia’s fifth Police Complaint Commissioner on February 21, 2024. Prior to his appointment, he has been recognized as a seasoned lawyer and executive leader with over 25 years of experience in the Ontario public service. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to fairness, accountability, and human rights.

Most recently, Mr. Rajan was Chief Counsel to Ontario’s Chief Coroner and Chief Forensic Pathologist, and co-led the province’s inquest system, which provides statutory oversight for police-involved and in-custody deaths. He was responsible for reviewing and transforming the inquest system with the objectives of enhancing the focus on systemic factors, streamlining inquest investigation and hearing processes, and strengthening engagement with inquest participants.

As part of this role, Mr. Rajan was lead counsel on several high-profile and contentious inquests, which included cases centred on use of force, domestic violence, and mental health in the justice system. In addition, he served as Chair of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.

Mr. Rajan developed a broad spectrum of legal and executive expertise through senior legal management roles with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, and the Ministry of Labour. As Deputy Legal Director at the Ministry of the Solicitor General, he provided legal and strategic advice to senior police service members in the Ontario Provincial Police on sensitive matters, including large-scale inquiries and the prosecution of police misconduct.

Previously, Mr. Rajan was counsel for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, litigating cases at all levels including the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Manitoba and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.