Commissioner’s Biography

Police Complaint Commissioner, Clayton Pecknold

Clayton Pecknold was sworn in as British Columbia’s fourth Police Complaint Commissioner on February 14, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pecknold was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Director of Police Services, Policing and Security Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in March 2011. The Policing and Security Branch provides regulatory oversight over policing, law enforcement and private security in British Columbia.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Pecknold joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1986. He holds a law degree from Dalhousie University and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1996. Over his career in public service, he has worked in several provinces in Canada, and has held senior positions in the justice and public safety sector as a senior government official, a senior police leader and legal counsel.

He is a past Director of the Emergency Communications for British Columbia Incorporated (ECOMM911) and is the past Chair of the Board of the Police Records Information Management Environment (PRIME-BC). He has also been an active member of various national justice and public safety associations/committees at the provincial and national level.

Mr. Pecknold is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and holds a number of awards and designations.

Commissioner’s Message

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: if you have comments or feedback. 


Clayton Pecknold
Police Complaint Commissioner