Eight Abbotsford police officers disciplined by OPCC in 2013

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner released its annual statistical report.

Among the eight Abbotsford cases concluded in 2013 by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was one in which an officer was found to have abused her authority when she pointed her gun at a driver who initially failed to stop for her.

The incident took place in November 2011. When the officer was finally able to pull over the driver, she pointed her gun at her, forced her to the ground and placed her in handcuffs.

The OPCC found that the officer used inappropriate language with the driver and did not provide her a reasonable opportunity to produce her driver’s licence.

The officer was given a written reprimand and ordered to take use-of-force training.

The case was among those listed in the OPCC’s recently released year-end statistical report, which indicates that a total of 95 Abbotsford-related files were opened in 2013.

Of those, investigations were ordered for nine.

Other Abbotsford cases that were concluded last year included an officer who sent an inappropriate email to co-workers and an officer who made inappropriate comments regarding another police member and a civilian employee.

Each of those officers was given a written reprimand.

Another officer was given a written reprimand and suspended without pay for 20 days for accessing police databases for purposes unrelated to his policing duties, improperly disclosing information obtained as an officer, and lying during an interview with a professional standards investigator.

An officer who used unnecessary force while arresting a man and lied about it during a subsequent investigation was suspended without pay for 28 days.

The harshest penalty for an Abbotsford OPCC file concluded in 2013 involved an officer being fired from the force after he got into a collision with an unmarked police vehicle while off-duty and then lied to his superiors about the circumstances.

The OPCC is the agency that provides civilian oversight of complaints by the public involving municipal police.

To view the complete report, visit opcc.bc.ca and click on “statistical reports.”