The Independent Investigations Office in B.C. has hired nine more investigators, bringing the total number to nearly 30.
Since it opened in 2012, the civilian-led police watchdog has investigated 29 officer-involved shootings — 17 of them fatalities.
IIO spokesperson Marten Youssef says the timeliness of its investigations has suffered recently.
“It’s not a homicide investigation, but it’s equivalent in terms of techniques and investigative tasks to a homicide investigation. That requires the expenditure of enormous resources from the IIO.”
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Youssef says extensive and thorough investigations require additional resources.
“These incidents require the expenditure of enormous resources from the IIO and the workload has really made it impossible for us to keep up with our timeliness goals so we are hoping the influx of new investigators will overtime improve our goals for timeliness.”
He says the hiring of more investigators will hopefully over time improve efficiency.
Last February, an all party review in the B.C. legislature found high turnover in the organization resulting in serious morale problems.