The head of B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office Richard Rosenthal has stepped down from his position today to study a PHD in criminology.
Rosenthal, director of the police watchdog agency, enjoyed his last day in office today as he announced his departure five months early.
Earlier this year, the watchdog chief revealed plans to retire next January, but in a shocking move he stepped down from his role today.
Director of Public Engagement for the Independent Investigations Office, Marten Youseff, says Rosenthal quit his post to focus on his studies.
“Today was his last day. It’s not a goodbye to the Independent Investigations Office because he’ll still be pursuing a PHD on civilian oversight. Interim Chief Bert Phipps will take over at the IIO, which investigates police involved incidents of death of serious harm.”