It’s the end of the road for an investigation by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner into a number of allegations against members of the Abbotsford Police Department.
The allegations of misconduct included corrupt practice, deceit and neglect of duty and dates during several years, and revolves around allegations related to the integrity of statements used in a number of criminal cases to obtain search warrants.
In all, 122 allegations are being discontinued from further investigation.
The courts have determined only the police officers conducting the criminal investigation are permitted within a so-called circle of privilege.
As a result, the police agency responsible for conducting the investigation can’t access the relevant and necessary investigative materials.
A learning opportunity
Abbotsford’s Police Chief Bob Rich says if there’s anything good to come of this, it was an audit by Vancouver Police into the way in which officers give “information to obtain search warrants.”
“I’m taking responsibility in the sense that our department could have done a much better job at the beginning here of having a system that was much more fool-proof in which officers didn’t have to make judgements and so nobody would later question whether you made a right decision or a bad decision.”
Rich says it was tough on the officers with the investigation hanging over their heads for three years.