One of B.C.’s police watchdog says he wants to go out of the province to find an investigator on a surprising series of allegations about what happened at a course that trains undercover police officers.
Nation World News learned that Kors, the B.C. municipal undercover program, was abruptly shut down earlier this month after allegations that several officers went to extreme lengths to prove he was not a cop. .
Those actions included exposing the genitals, defecating to another officer, using a vegetable to an officer, and removing feminine hygiene products, multiple sources confirmed to Nation World News.
“If these allegations are true then it sounds disgusting. It’s appalling, frankly,” BC Solicitor-General Mike Farnsworth said in interview audio provided to Nation World News.
“It’s an investigation that has to happen. We want it to happen quickly. We want it to be perfect. That’s what’s going to happen,” he said.
About two dozen officers attended the course at the Sheraton Wall Center in downtown Vancouver, sources said. They came from a variety of agencies, including the Vancouver Police Department and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police.
This course is run under the BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police, as opposed to the Justice Institute of BC
Police agencies cited questions from Transit Police last week from Nation World News, which responded with a statement, “Police agencies that recently attended the B.C. Municipal Undercover training course are aware of allegations that several The behavior of the officers has been brought to the fore. Syllabus.”
“As a result of the review, a request has been drafted … requesting an order of inquiry in the Office of the Commissioner of Police Complaints,” said spokesman Konst. Amanda Stead.
That order would have kept the investigation in the province – but given the sheer number of municipal police forces involved, the agency overseeing the police misconduct investigation said it would move out of the province.
“The alleged misconduct involved municipal police officers from several BC municipal police departments and reportedly occurred within course activities,” said OPCC’s Cameron Lovelace. “In light of the number of BC municipal police agencies involved, the Commissioner has written to the Ministry of Public Security and the Solicitor General to seek assistance in identifying an investigative body that is appropriately independent of any BC agencies.”
Critics say they want an independent investigation into a fairly secretive circle of policing, and have raised questions about whether financial resources were spent and whether it needed to be in a downtown Vancouver hotel.
“It is very worrying to hear about reports of really disturbing and inappropriate behavior under the guise of police training. This is something the residents of BC are funding,” said Meenakshi Manno of Pivot Legal Society.