Troubling allegations during a secret police training course
One of British Columbia’s police watchdogs says he wants to travel out of the province to find an investigator into a startling string of allegations about what happened at a course that trains police officers. undercover police.
CTV News has learned that the course, BC’s municipal undercover program, was shut down abruptly earlier this month following allegations that several officers went to great lengths in a scenario of course to prove they weren’t a cop.
Those actions would include exposing genitals, defecating on another officer, penetrating an officer using a vegetable, and removing feminine hygiene products, multiple sources confirmed to CTV News.
“It seems disgusting if these allegations are correct. It’s frankly appalling,” B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in an audio interview provided to CTV News.
“It’s an investigation that needs to happen. We want it done quickly. We want it done right. It’s going to happen,” he said.
Some two dozen officers took the course at the Sheraton Wall Center in downtown Vancouver, sources said. They came from a wide variety of agencies, including the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Metro Transit Police.
The course itself is administered by the BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police, as opposed to the Justice Institute of BC.
Police departments referred questions from CTV News last week to Transit Police, who responded with a statement saying, “Police departments participating in the recent BC Municipal Undercover training course are aware of the allegations that were made regarding the behavior of several officers during the course.”
“As a result of the review, a request has been drafted … to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner requesting an investigation order,” the Const spokesperson said. Amanda Steed.
That order would have kept the investigation in the province – but given the large number of municipal police forces involved, the agency that oversees police misconduct investigations said it would move out of the province.
“The alleged misconduct involves municipal police officers from multiple municipal police departments across BC and allegedly occurred in the course of course activities,” said the OPCC’s Cameron Loveless. “Given the number of municipal police agencies in British Columbia involved, the Commissioner has written to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General requesting assistance in identifying an investigative body sufficiently independent of any agency in British Columbia.”
Critics say they want an independent investigation into a fairly secret police area and have raised questions about the financial resources spent and whether it was to be at a downtown Vancouver hotel.
“Hearing about truly disturbing and inappropriate behavior under the guise of police training is deeply concerning. It’s something that residents across BC are funding,” said Meenakshi Mannoe of the Pivot Legal Society.