2 Vancouver police officers created a video mocking internal harassment investigations

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2 Vancouver police officers created a video mocking internal harassment investigations

The Police Complaints Commissioner recommends that Vancouver police review their training, practices, and policies surrounding respectful behavior in the workplace.

Two Vancouver police officers filmed a video mocking internal investigations into sexual harassment incidents and relayed it to their colleagues, according to the annual report of the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner of British Columbia. /p>

Uniformed officers filmed the video in an interrogation room at the police station, according to the report tabled in the Assembly legislative Tuesday.

In this report, Commissioner Clayton Pecknold makes 11 recommendations aimed primarily at the Vancouver Police Commission, but also those in Abbotsford, Fraser Valley, Nelson, Delta and New Westminster.

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Clayton Pecknold recommends in particular to the Vancouver Police Commission that it or outside experts examine all the facts and circumstances of the making and distribution of the video mocking the internal investigations for sexual harassment.

The Commissioner also recommends that the Vancouver Police Commission address the presence of what he believes to be a dysfunctional internal culture. The report notes that the video was widely relayed before eventually coming to the attention of professional standards officials.

Clayton Pecknold finally recommends that the Vancouver Police Commission review its training, procedures and policies in light of the results of this investigation and make the necessary changes to ensure that incidents such as this are adequately dealt with. intercepted and settled.

The Vancouver Police Commission has asked its Human Resources Committee to review the recommendations of the commissioner's office and has requested information from the police department of Vancouver on its handling of harassment and bullying complaints, the report adds.

The two responsible for the video were suspended without pay for five days and received a written warning, according to the report.

A written warning was also placed on file for another police officer who received the video and sent it to colleagues. A supervisor who did not react when he received the video was suspended without pay, for one day, for conduct unbecoming and failing in his duty.

CBC/Radio-Canada has contacted Vancouver police to allow them to comment on the matter, but has not received a response at the time of this writing.

For its part, the Vancouver Police Commission has asked its human resources committee to consider the commissioner's recommendations. She asked the Vancouver police to provide her with information on these procedures and thresholds for actions regarding harassment and intimidation, writes the commissioner's office in the report.

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The Vancouver Police Commission has also ordered Vancouver police to harvest internal data on harassment complaints, the document adds.

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Effective police work requires public trust, says BC Police Complaints Commissioner.

The Commissioner's Office oversees the work and receives complaints from the public about 14 police forces in British Columbia.

The Commissioner's report outlines his mandate, working methods, complaints received and investigations opened in 2021-2022.

Commissioner Clayton Pecknold says this work is important to ensuring the confidence of British Columbians in the work of the province's police forces.

“It is the public's consent to submit to the scrutiny of police forces in Canada that makes police work legitimate. Canadians must therefore be confident that police officers exercise their power impartially, within the bounds of the law and regardless of their allegiances and privileges. »

— Clayton Pecknold, Police Complaints Commissioner of British Columbia

In the year of the report, 735 complaints were received, of which 261 were led to an investigation.

Complaints and investigations

Police Department

Number of complaints received

Number of open surveys

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4

0

West Vancouver

11

4

Vancouver

393

29

Port Moody

9

2

New Westminster

26

2

Delta

32

4

Central Saanich

7

0

Saanich

48

1

Oak Bay

9

0

Victoria

101

5

Abbotsford

49

3

Nelson

12

3

Metro Vancouver Transit Police

28

2

CFSEU (Organized Crime Agency of BC)

2

1

Surrey

4

0

Source: 2021-2022 Annual Report of the Office of the Commissioner for complaints against British Columbia police

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