Independent Reports on Policing

Report on Victoria and Esquimalt Policing – Governance and Funding Issues (2012)

This report makes recommendations to help create an effective, sustainable relationship and new approach for policing in the Victoria and Esquimalt municipalities. The report proposes an approach based on maintaining an amalgamated police department and board structure and offers recommendations to improve the current model.

Independent Review of the Vancouver Stanley Cup Playoffs Riot (2011)

This report was commissioned by the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Board to review planning prior to the final Stanley Cup game in 2011, and the violence that followed it.

Braidwood Commission of Inquiry on Conducted Energy Weapons and into the death of Robert Dziekanski

In 2007 an RCMP officer used a conducted energy weapon against Mr. Robert Dziekanski who later died. Concerns were expressed about the use of conducted energy weapons by police. In response the B.C. government commissioned two separate inquiries under the Public Inquiry Act.

Davies Commission of Inquiry into the Death of Frank Paul (2009 and 2010)

The Government of British Columbia appointed an independent commission of inquiry to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Frank Joseph Paul who died from hypothermia due to exposure/alcohol intoxication. Mr. Paul, a Mi'kmaq from New Brunswick, was removed from the Vancouver Police Department lockup on December 5, 1998, and was left in a nearby alley by a police officer, where his body was found the next morning. The sole Commissioner, appointed under the Public Inquiry Act, was former B.C. Supreme Court Justice William H. Davies, Q.C.

Illegal Movement of Firearms in British Columbia (2008)

This report provides an overview of the illegal movement and indiscriminate use of firearms in the province. It examines the firearms industry in the province, the regulatory framework for firearms control, the agencies involved in enforcement and regulation, the actions of these agencies and the issues associated with the control of firearms.

Review of the Police Complaints Process, Josiah Wood, QC (2007)

In 2005 the Solicitor General instructed the Director of Policing and Security Branch to conduct a review of the Police Complaint Process, under the Police Act.

Josiah Wood, QC, was appointed by the director to assist with the review and to prepare a report with recommendations to improve Part IX of the Police Act.

Municipal Police Board Governance in B.C. – Research Report (2003)

The intent of this research was to establish a framework to increase the governance capacity of police boards in the province.