Search for New IIO Boss Postponed
Prince George, B.C. – It will be a while before British Columbians learn who the new chief civilian director (CCD) for the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. will be.
The provincial government has postponed the decision until next spring.
In the meantime, acting CCD Bert Phipps will continue in the role until a replacement is announced.
“This decision will allow him to continue establishing a firm foundation on which the incoming CCD can build upon over the next five-year term,” reads a government news release.
Phipps stepped in after the IIO’s first CCD, Richard Rosenthal, finished up his term last year.
Victoria created the IIO to conduct investigations into incidents of death or serious harm involving on and off duty police officers in B.C. to determine whether an officer may have committed an offence.
The IIO and related decisions are made independent of government.
“Since 2012 the IIO has closed 130 cases. Of these, 70 resulted in public reports and 60 were reports to crown for consideration for charges,” says spokesman Aidan Buckley.”Of these, nine have been approved. The IIO has had a total of 10 cases in Prince George, five of which are still active investigations.”
He adds the number of charges laid “is not a measure of the IIO’s success.
“Instead, completing thorough, independent and competent investigations which continue to build confidence in police accountability is a measure of the IIO’s success.”