Delta holding open meeting on alleged assault by police chief's wife

Jun 29 2020, 2:24 pm

The Delta Police Board will be holding an open meeting at 9 am on Tuesday in response to an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault by the wife of the region’s police chief on a member of the public with a garden hose.

“On June 7, 2020, the Delta Police Department received a complaint from a member of the public alleging an assault by a woman who was later identified as Chief of Police Neil Dubord’s spouse,” Deputy Chief Constable Norm Lipinski wrote in a statement.

Kiran Sidhu told Daily Hive, Lorraine Dubord, a woman she later learned is the spouse to Chief Neil Dubord, sprayed her with a garden hose while she was exiting Tsawwassen’s Centennial Beach on June 6.

Sidhu said rising tide forced her to walk near Dubord’s fence line, when she was insulted and then sprayed with a hose. A friend captured some of their interaction and supplied the video to Daily Hive.

“We take any and all complaints from the community very seriously,” police said. “This incident is no exception. As soon as we were made aware of the complaint, and in accordance with our policies, procedures, and established practices, we began our investigation.”

Chief Dubord recused himself from involvement in the inquiry, and the Delta Police Department also “elevated” their investigation to a supervisor and a senior manager was assigned to oversee it.

“This level of oversight is not standard practice, but I felt it was required given the nature of the matter,” the statement said.

Sidhu said she was told the incident did not meet the threshold for assault, and while disappointed, she wasn’t surprised. The RCMP has since been brought in to conduct a review and to take any other investigative steps “they deem necessary.”

That investigation is reportedly underway and the DPD is not involved in the RCMP review.

The public is asked to send any concerns or questions to the board via email.