BC Prosecution Service Media Statements

November 14, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on February 22, 2019, Michael Klein QC was appointed Special Prosecutor following receipt by the BCPS of a Report to Crown Counsel (RCC) relating to sexual offences alleged to have occurred in and around Prince George in 1974. The suspect identified in the report was the Hereditary Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation.

October 17, 2019

No charges approved in non-fatal police shooting; Clear Statement
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the New Westminster Police Department involved in a non-fatal shooting that occurred near the Walmart on 805 Boyd St. on January 15, 2016. The incident occurred in the course of the apprehension and arrest of an armed suspected shoplifter.

October 9, 2019

BC Prosecution Service clarifies role of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - In light of recent public comments, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) wishes to clarify the role of Special Prosecutors appointed to advise and assist police in the conduct of investigations.

October 7, 2019

BC Prosecution Service confirms the appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) confirmed that Richard Peck QC has been appointed as Special Prosecutor to provide legal assistance and advice to the RCMP in relation to an investigation being conducted into allegations of criminal wrongdoing against MLA Jinny Sims and other persons unknown to the BCPS.

September 19, 2019

Prosecutor approves charges alleging misappropriation of funds from Chilliwack MLA constitutency office
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that Special Prosecutor Robin McFee QC has approved charges involving allegations of theft of money from the constituency office of Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

September 18, 2019

Stay of Proceedings directed in prosecution of Surrey RCMP officer
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a stay of proceedings has been entered on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon previously approved against a Surrey RCMP officer.

September 12, 2019

Charge approved against Vancouver Police officer after motor vehicle collision
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of driving without due care and attention, contrary to s.144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against a Vancouver Police Constable.

September 4, 2019

Former Kelowna RCMP officer charged with multiple breach of trust offences
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that charges of breach of trust have been approved against a former Kelowna RCMP officer, involving allegations of misconduct against seven individuals between October 2015 and August 2016.

July 26, 2019

Motor Vehicle Act charge approved against Vancouver Special Constable
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of driving without due care and attention contrary to s.144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against a Vancouver Special Constable.

July 3, 2019

Charge approved against Vancouver Police Officer in motor vehicle incident
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of driving without reasonable consideration, contrary to s.144(1)(b) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against a Vancouver Police Constable.

June 7, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces no charges in Burnaby RCMP non-fatal shooting
Victoria – On May 31, 2019, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges were approved against a member of the Burnaby RCMP involved in a non-fatal shooting near the intersection of Canada Way and Edmonds Street in Burnaby on March 1, 2015.

May 21, 2019

BC Prosecution Service approves charge of Dangerous Driving against Vancouver Police Officer
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm has been approved against a Vancouver Police Constable relating to a motor vehicle incident on May 18, 2018.

May 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces no charges in Salmon Arm RCMP non-fatal shooting
Victoria – On May 16, 2018, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges were approved against members of the Salmon Arm RCMP involving a non-fatal shooting near Salmon Arm on July 3, 2015.

May 2, 2019

No charges approved following arrest by Prince George RCMP dog handler
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the Prince George RCMP involved in the arrest of a suspect on September 8, 2015.

April 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service releases revised Crown Counsel policies: INF 1, IPV 1 and SEX 2
Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced the release of a series of revised policies, including Information Requests from Third Parties (INF 1), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV 1), and Sexual Transmission, or Realistic Possibility of Transmission, of HIV (SEX 2) as part of its commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining the currency, relevancy, and appropriateness of its policies.

April 16, 2019

BC Prosecution Service announces policy changes aimed at reducing overrepresentation of Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced new policies aimed at the unacceptable overrepresentation of Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system.

March 28, 2019

Appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on December 17, 2018 Michael Klein QC was appointed Special Prosecutor in relation to an investigation of a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Coquitlam in 2015.

March 27, 2019

Charge approved against Chilliwack RCMP in motor vehicle incident
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a charge of driving without due care and attention, contrary to s. 144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act has been approved against Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Yannick Leblanc.

March 5, 2019

Charge approved against New Hazelton RCMP officer
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that a single charge of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code, has been approved against New Hazelton RCMP Cst. Eric Andrew Unrau.

January 31, 2019

Appointment of Special Prosecutor
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that on March 20, 2017, the Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General John Labossiere appointed a Special Prosecutor in relation to allegations of theft of money from the constituency office of Chilliwack MLA John Martin.

January 25, 2019

Dangerous driving charge approved against Vancouver Police Officer
Victoria - The BC Prosecution Service announced that a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm has been approved against a member of the Vancouver Police Department in relation to an on-duty collision with a pedestrian on January 6, 2018.