Abbotsford Police called in to investigate Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna detachment's top cop suddenly retires as APD looking into 'a number of allegations'

By Kathy Michaels

Kelowna Capital News

Kelowna’s top cop RCMP officer retired unexpectedly this week as a probe continues into his detachment.

“Supt. Nick Romanchuk had taken time off since early September and he decided to retire from the RCMP on Monday Sept. 26, 2016,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, the  Senior Media Relations Officer with BC RCMP.

The reason behind Romanchuk’s sudden retirement wasn’t offered, but it was revealed Tuesday that the Abbotsford Police Department has been asked to investigate the Kelowna RCMP.

“We were asked to conduct an independent investigation in early September,” Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said via email. “Our mandate was to look into a number of allegations relating to the detachment. As this is an ongoing investigation, I cannot discuss the details of it at this time. That said, we are committed to conducting a thorough investigation and following the evidence to whatever place it leads.”

Romanchuk took over the superintendent position in 2013, when Bill McKinnon stepped down.

Romanchuk has been in policing for 25 years.

– with files from Abbotsford News

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