‘Appalling’ allegations during BC police undercover training spark investigation

A Global News investigation has revealed disturbing allegations linked to numerous police departments in British Columbia, and the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner has confirmed that its own investigation is underway.

According to sources, about 24 police officers were attending an undercover training course, organized by the Association of Municipal Police Chiefs of British Columbia, at a hotel in downtown Vancouver earlier this month. Attending were officers from the Surrey, Vancouver, Abbotsford and New Westminster police departments, as well as the Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

These officers were asked to play a role and show how they could convince those on the wrong side of the law that they weren’t police officers. In one instance, it allegedly involved defecating on another person, food being used for sex, and other even more evil acts.

Sources tell Global News that the class immediately stopped and some officers found the role-playing so disturbing that they reported it to their supervisors.

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The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, which investigates allegations of city police misconduct, said city police chiefs reported what happened to them and requested an investigation under police law.

“The Commissioner has determined that it is in the public interest to disclose that information has come to our attention regarding allegations of serious misconduct by a number of officers attending a recent training course BC Municipal Police undercover,” the office said. said in a statement.

“The alleged misconduct involves municipal police officers from multiple municipal police departments across BC and is believed to have occurred in the course of course activities.”


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Asked about the investigation, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said any investigation would also involve his department’s director of policing.

“It sounds disgusting, if these allegations are in fact correct. It’s just appalling, frankly,” Farnworth said.

Members of the RCMP also attended the training, but did not participate, Global News has learned.

“There is no internal or external RCMP investigation into allegations against any RCMP employee(s) related to the course or the concerns you have raised,” the RCMP told Global News in a statement. .

Nine of the participating city officers are believed to be under investigation.

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Denise W. Whigham