VPD officers mocked internal sexual harassment probes in widely shared video, report shows


Two Vancouver officers used an interview room in police headquarters to shoot a video mocking internal sexual harassment investigations after which shared it with their colleagues, in keeping with a brand new report from B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC).

The 2019 video, which served to “ridicule and reduce” these probes, was unfold to “quite a few” officers, together with a supervisor, who merely forwarded it on with out taking any motion, reads the OPCC’s annual report.

Four unidentified officers have been disciplined after an investigation ordered by Commissioner Clayton Pecknold, however he took the matter a step additional, recommending that the Vancouver Police Board take a more in-depth take a look at what had occurred.

“The commissioner famous a regarding angle amongst the officers concerned the place very troubling misogynistic behaviour was being defined as ‘black humour,'” an appendix to the report says.

“In addition, there was appreciable dissemination of the video previous to it being dropped at the eye of the VPD government or Professional Standards Section.”

Pecknold referred to as on the police board to look at the info of the case, with particular consideration paid to the “obvious cultural components” at play, and to overview the VPD’s coaching and insurance policies on respectful office behaviour.

The board has since handed a movement to refer the OPCC’s suggestions to its human sources committee for consideration, and has requested extra data from the VPD about the way it handles bullying and harassment complaints, the report says.

Officers have been on responsibility and in uniform

The annual report is a abstract of all of the police conduct complaints and investigations overseen by the OPCC in 2021-2022, and it contains transient descriptions of the instances that prompted Pecknold to advocate enhancements to the police departments concerned.

The particulars on the video in query are sparse, but it surely was filmed a while between June and July of 2019.

“The video was made utilizing police amenities whereas the members have been on responsibility, throughout a break, and in uniform,” the report appendix says.

There is not any additional details about the sexual harassment investigations that the officers belittled, apart from that they have been underway when the video was filmed.

The two officers who made the video have been each suspended with out pay for 5 days and given written reprimands for misconduct, in keeping with the report.

Another officer who forwarded the video to colleagues obtained a written reprimand, and the supervisor who did not take motion after receiving the video was suspended for in the future with out pay for discreditable conduct and neglect of responsibility.

CBC has reached out to the Vancouver Police Department for remark.


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