OPCC launches external misconduct investigation

The Office of Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) has initiated an external investigation into allegations of misconduct related to the Delta Police Department’s handling of a case involving the wife of Chief Neil Dubord.

In a media release issued Tuesday afternoon, the OPCC says it has also forwarded a related Service and Policy complaint to the Delta Police Board regarding the adequacy of the department’s policies and procedures in handling matters where there is a real or perceived conflict of interest.

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“The OPCC learned of the incident initially in media reports and requested additional information from the Delta Police Department,” said the OPCC in the release. “The office subsequently received a misconduct complaint from an affected person. After reviewing the complaint and responses provided by the Delta Police Department, the OPCC deemed the complaint admissible and assigned the Vancouver Police Department to carry out an external disciplinary conduct investigation into the matter.”

The OPCC said the disciplinary conduct investigation will focus solely on whether any Delta police officer committed misconduct in the matter, and is entirely separate from the RCMP criminal investigation currently underway.

“The OPCC has no role in criminal investigations. Both the disciplinary misconduct investigation and the Service and Policy complaint will be conducted under the oversight of the OPCC,” the OPCC added.

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