B.C.'s police watchdog had 'rocky start,' but attorney general is eyeing expanded mandate for IIO

B.C.'s attorney general says he's eyeing greater responsibilities for the province's civilian-led police watchdog now that it has survived its "rocky start."

David Eby told CBC News he could see adding sexual assault and spousal violence cases to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) mandate, which is currently limited to cases involving a death or serious injury during police-related incidents.

"Personally I would love to see the IIO take on an expanded mandate, but I know the IIO has just found their feet," he said.

CBC took a closer look at B.C.'s IIO after a Canadian Press analysis of the public records of police watchdog organizations across Canada found that only three to nine per cent of all cases probed result in charges against police.

Yet Eby says agencies like the IIO are the future of police oversight, despite complaints that cases drag on and result in few charges, often despite video evidence.


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