Ministry of Justice

Complaints Against Police

If you wish to file a complaint against police, independent police forces and RCMP detachments have their own complaint process. The two processes are outlined below.

Complaint Process – Independent Municipal Police

The British Columbia Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is an independent agency established under the Police Act as an oversight body to public complaints against the police. The office monitors complaints against municipal police to ensure they are handled fairly and impartially. The office is independent from any police department or government ministry and reports directly to the legislature.

If you live in a jurisdiction policed by any of the following police agencies, the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner will handle your complaint:

  • Abbotsford Police Department
  • Central Saanich Police
  • Delta Police Department
  • Nelson Police Department
  • New Westminster Police Service
  • Oak Bay Police Department
  • Port Moody Police Department
  • Saanich Police Department
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Victoria Police Department (includes Esquimalt)
  • West Vancouver Police Department

For more information or to file a complaint against a municipal police office, visit the Office of the Police Public Complaints Commissioner website – www.opcc.bc.ca.

Complaint Process – RCMP

If you live in a jurisdiction policed by the RCMP, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP will handle your complaint.

Note: to find out what RCMP detachment polices your community, see the RCMP in B.C. Detachment Contact Information page on the RCMP website.

For information on the RCMP complaint process, or to file a complaint against a member, visit the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP website – www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca.