Abbotsford Police clear Kelowna RCMP individual of criminal wrongdoing

Investigation was launched in early September

Former Kelowna RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) announced today that it has concluded its investigation into a complaint connected to an individual at the Kelowna RCMP detachment and has determined that no criminal offence has occurred.

Const. Ian MacDonald said he could provide no further details, including the individual involved and the circumstances leading to the complaint.

“We appreciate the assistance of witnesses, the public and the media throughout the course of this investigation,” he said.

The investigation began in early September at the request of the Kelowna RCMP.

At that time, Kelowna’s top RCMP officer – Supt. Nick Romanchuk – had taken time off from his job. He then announced his retirement on Sept. 26.

The reason behind his departure wasn’t offered.

“Our mandate was to look into a number of allegations relating to this detachment,” MacDonald said at the time the investigation was announced.

MacDonald pointed out today that if the subject of the complaint had been connected to an incident involving death or serious injury, the Independent Investigations Office would have been called in to investigate.

Romanchuk, who had been in policing for 25 years, took over the superintendent position for the Kelowna RCMP in 2013.

The APD is a municipal police department that is independent of the RCMP.

– with files from the Kelowna Capital News

 

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