Your editorial, [Transparent, accountable trust needed, Feb.26 Langley Views, Langley Advance] expresses concerns about transparency and accountability in the way investigations into police are conducted.
Those concerns should also apply to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
B.C.â€™s Police Act allows the OPCC to work in near secrecy and with zero accountability. So unless a case happens to get publicity, the public has no way of knowing how the OPCC handled it.
Take for example the case of Vancouver police constable Taylor Robinson who shoved a disabled woman to the sidewalk. Police complaint commissioner Stan Loweâ€™s November 2013 Notice of Public Hearing into Robinson indicates that Lowe didnâ€™t order an investigation until 48 days after Robinson pushed his victim to the ground, 47 or 48 days after Vancouver Police Professional Standards found out, and 29 days after Loweâ€™s office found out.
Not mentioned by Lowe is a barrage of publicity that began when the media found out five days before Lowe finally ordered the investigation.
Any reforms to B.C.â€™s Police Act should start with Loweâ€™s office.
Greg Klein, Nanaimo