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
Telephone: 250-356-7458
Toll Free: 1-877-909-8707

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

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Media Releases

For media enquiries, media releases, or to arrange an interview, please contact Ms. Andrea Spindler, Deputy Police Complaint Commissioner at 250-356-7458 or media@opcc.bc.ca

 

March 6, 2020

The Police Complaint Commissioner has completed a review of the disciplinary decision dismissing a senior Vancouver Police Department Sergeant for misconduct occurring during an inappropriate relationship with a junior Vancouver Police Officer. The Commissioner has determined it is in the public interest that information be disclosed in this matter. View Release (.pdf)

March 3, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner wishes to advise the media that dates have been set for the Public Hearing into allegations of misconduct against Constable Eric Ludeman and Constable Neil Logan of the Vancouver Police Department. The scheduled hearing dates are March 10, 11, 12, 13, 2020, and May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2020, at the Vancouver Robson Square Courthouse in Courtroom #109, starting at 9:30am. View Release (.pdf)

February 19, 2020

The Police Complaint Commissioner has called a Public Hearing into allegations of police misconduct involving a member of the Victoria Police Department following an investigation into a complaint of sexual misconduct while off duty. After an independent investigation by the Vancouver Police Department the matter was ultimately referred by the Commissioner to a retired judge for review. In a subsequent discipline proceeding, retired Judge James Threlfall determined that the evidence did not support a finding of misconduct. Subsequently, the Complainant requested the Police Complaint Commissioner arrange a Public Hearing. The Complainant and other material witnesses were not afforded the opportunity to testify at the discipline proceeding. The Commissioner considered this request and other factors and determined that it is in the public interest to arrange a Public Hearing. Upon the recommendation of the Associate Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Honourable Judge Wally Oppal, Q.C., retired Supreme Court Justice, is appointed to preside as Adjudicator in these proceedings, pursuant to section 142(2) of the Police Act. As this matter involves allegations of a sensitive nature, names of the parties have been withheld from the Notice of Public Hearing to protect the identity of the Complainant. The Adjudicator may make further determinations concerning disclosure in the course of the Public Hearing. A date for the Public Hearing will be determined in the future. View Release (.pdf)

February 5, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner wishes to advise the media that a Review on the Record will be held into the disciplinary decision involving Special Municipal Constable Rajdeep Mann of the Vancouver Police Department and will commence in the near future. The Police Complaint Commmissioner has determined that the Discipline Authority’s findings after a discipline proceeding into allegations of Abuse of Authority, Discourtesy, Discreditable Conduct and Deceit were incorrect and is, therefore, remitting the matter for adjudicative review. A date has yet to be determined. View Release (.pdf)

January 14, 2020

Victoria - The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has ordered an investigation into the detention and arrest of an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old granddaughter at a Vancouver branch of the Bank of Montreal (“BMO”) which occurred on December 20, 2019. The OPCC became aware of the matter through media reporting and complaints from the public. Information was requested from the Vancouver Police Department and as a result, the Police Complaint Commissioner has concluded an investigation into the matter is required. The Police Act provides an authority for the Police Complaint Commissioner to order an investigation into the conduct of a police officer if the officer’s conduct would, if substantiated, constitute misconduct. The investigation will include any other potential misconduct or attempted misconduct which may have occurred. The investigation will also consider any Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Police Board policies, procedures or training that may be a factor in this incident. Given the nature of this matter and the public comments of the Vancouver Police Department, the Commissioner has also determined that it is in the public interest the investigation be conducted by an agency other than the Vancouver Police Department. The Delta Police Department has been ordered to conduct an independent investigation into this matter. As this matter is under investigation no further information will be released at this time. View Release (.pdf)

January 9, 2020

A senior Vancouver Police Officer has been ordered dismissed for Discreditable Conduct related to misconduct occurring during an inappropriate relationship with a junior Vancouver Police Officer. As has been previously reported, Vancouver Police Constable Nicole Chan tragically committed suicide in January 2019. An investigation ordered by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and conducted by the New Westminster Police Department revealed that Sergeant D. Van Patten was in an inappropriate relationship with Constable Chan while also serving as a Human Resources Officer for the Vancouver Police Department. On January 2, 2020, the Discipline Authority, Chief Officer Dave Jones of the Transit Police rendered a discipline decision concluding that three allegations of Discreditable Conduct were substantiated. Chief Officer Jones imposed penalties which included an order that Sergeant Van Patten be dismissed from the Vancouver Police Department. Police officers facing dismissal have an automatic right to request the decision be reviewed by a retired judge through a Public Hearing. In addition, the Police Complaint Commissioner may on his own initiative order a Public Hearing if he considers it in the public interest to do so. To date no determination has been made. View Release (.pdf)

November 7, 2019

The Police Complaint Commissioner has called a Public Hearing into allegations of police misconduct involving Constable Eric Ludeman and Constable Neil Logan of the Vancouver Police Department as a result of a complaint of excessive use of force and improper entry into the private residence of Mr. Vladamir Tchaikoun and his family. After investigation by the Victoria Police Department the matter was ultimately referred to a retired judge for review. In a subsequent discipline proceeding, retired Judge Brian Neal, Q.C. determined that although the entry into the private residence was unlawful, the police officers did not commit misconduct. Complainants are not afforded the opportunity to present oral evidence at discipline proceedings and Mr. Tchaikoun requested the Police Complaint Commissioner arrange a Public Hearing. The Commissioner considered this request and other factors and determined that it is in the public interest to arrange a Public Hearing. Upon the recommendation of the Associate Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court, retired Provincial Court Judge Carol Baird Ellan is appointed to preside as Adjudicator in these proceedings, pursuant to section 142(2) of the Police Act. A date for the Public Hearing will be determined in the future. Details may be found on the “Decisions” page of the OPCC’s webpage, located at www.opcc.bc.ca. View Release (.pdf)

October 22, 2019

The Annual Report of the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, tabled with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly this week, provides an overview of misconduct involving municipal police officers in B.C. Investigations of police officers for misconduct are highlighted with penalties ranging from verbal warnings to suspension without pay and demotion. Three police officers were dismissed during the period covered by the report. Other areas noted include “service and policy” matters referred to police boards such as the use of “Street Checks”, the treatment of prisoners and the deployment of police officers for private activities. The Annual Report, including Appendices, is available at: https://opcc.bc.ca/reports/annual-report/ View Release (.pdf)

October 2, 2019

A Police Act investigation into the off-duty conduct of two municipal police officers while in Cuba has been remitted to a disciplinary process. Under the oversight of the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, the RCMP conducted an investigation into allegations of discreditable conduct occurring while Vancouver Police Constable Mark Simms and Port Moody Police Constable Jordan Long were vacationing in Cuba. A preliminary decision by the External Discipline Authority, Chief Officer Dave Jones of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, determined that there is sufficient evidence to proceed to a disciplinary process, which includes a discipline proceeding. If misconduct is proven to have occurred, the External Discipline Authority may impose a range of disciplinary or corrective measures up to and including dismissal. View Release (.pdf)

September 27, 2019

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner wishes to advise the media that the Review on the Record into the disciplinary decision involving Constable Marty Steen of the Victoria Police Department will commence on October 8, 2019. The Review on the Record is scheduled to convene on October 8, 2019, at the Robson Square Courthouse, Room #109 at 11:00 a.m., in Vancouver, BC. View Release (.pdf)

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