After an allegation of an off-duty incident was brought forward to Delta Police management last month, the department said the Surrey RCMP is now conducting an investigation into the actions of a Delta Police officer, at the request of the Delta Police Chief.
In a release, police offered few details of exactly what transpired, but said that after an initial examination of the allegation, it was determined the matter warranted a criminal investigation.
“The allegation is of a sexual nature and concerns two off-duty Delta police officers and did not occur in a police facility,” police said.”It does not involve any members of the public.”
Still, Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord called the incident “extremely concerning” and noted that one officer with the Delta Police department has been suspended with pay while the investigation proceeds.
“Police officers are – rightfully so – held to a higher standard both on- and off-duty,” said Dubord. “That is why I wanted to be as open as I could about the process that’s now underway.”
It is important, he added, “that this allegation be investigated fully by an independent police department.”
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Once the RCMP concludes the criminal investigation the Vancouver Police Department will assume responsibility for a Police Act investigation that will be overseen by the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, Dubord noted.
“While we must wait for the investigation process to unfold, we will take the time to look inward, and ensure our policies are robust and appropriate, and that all our officers and employees have a good understanding of them, and their responsibilities both on- and off-duty,” he said.
As this matter is the subject of an active investigation, the Delta Police Department said it is not in a position to provide any further comment.