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

 

June 30, 2020

As a result of a complaint filed from a member of the public, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has initiated an external investigation into allegations of misconduct related to the Delta Police Department’s handling of a case involving the spouse of the department’s Chief Constable. View Release (.pdf)

June 23, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has ordered a review of an Abbotsford Police Department decision regarding the misconduct of an officer accused of intimate partner violence. View Release (.pdf)

June 1, 2020

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has ordered a review into the findings of a discipline proceeding relating to an allegation of discreditable conduct against a Vancouver police officer. View Release (.pdf)

May 28, 2020

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. View Release (.pdf)

May 21, 2020

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. View Release (.pdf)

May 14, 2020

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. View Release (.pdf)

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)

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