Ministry of Justice

Provincial Policing Standards

Amendments to Section 40 of the Police Act came into force January 2, 2012 to allow the government to create binding standards on police and to evaluate compliance with the standards.

Most of the new policing standards posted here are currently in effect, but some come into effect on later dates. The standards developed to date are posted here for your information only and you will find the effective dates within each standard.

In addition to the binding standards, other information related to standards and evaluation is included below under Addenda.

All the standards can be downloaded in a single document:

Below are links to the various provincial policing standards.

1. Use of Force

Section Title Number Download Document
1.1 Firearms 1.1.1 Firearms and Ammunitions
1.2 Intermediate Weapons 1.2.1P Intermediate Weapon Approval Process
    1.2.2 Intermediate Weapons
1.3 Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) 1.3.1 Threshold and Circumstances of Use
    1.3.2 Approved CEW Models
    1.3.3 Internal CEW Controls and Monitoring
    1.3.4 Medical Assistance to CEW Discharges
    1.3.5 CEW Testing
1.4 Police Service Dogs   Principles for Standards for Police Service Dogs*
    1.4.1 General Requirements
    1.4.2 Threshold and Circumstances of Police Dog Use
    1.4.3 Reporting, Data and Review
    1.4.4 Performance Testing and Maintenance
1.5 Intentionally left blank.    
1.6 Intentionally left blank.    
1.7 Reporting and Investigating Following the Use of Force 1.7.1 Reporting and Investigation Following the Use of Weapons
1.8 Intentionally left blank.    
1.9 Use-of-Force Model 1.9.1 Use-of-Force Model and Techniques

 

2. Training for Police Officers

Section Title Number Download Document
2.1 Recruit and Advanced Training 2.1.1 Recruit and Advanced Training
2.2 Exemptions 2.2.1 P Exemption Process
2.3 Appeals 2.3.1 P Process for Appealing Decision of the Director of the Police Academy

 

3. Training Courses and Development

Section Title Number Download Document
3.1 Intentionally left blank.    
3.2 Provincially Approved Training Courses 3.2.1 CEW Operator Training
    3.2.2 CID Training

 

4. Equipment and Facilities

Section Title Number Download Document
4.1 Video Surveillance Recording in Police Buildings 4.1.1 Video Surveillance Recording in Police Buildings

 

5. Specialized Investigations

Section Title Number Download Document
5.1 Missing Persons   Principles for Standards for Missing Person Investigations
    5.1.1 Intake
    5.1.2 Risk Assessment Process
    5.1.3 Response and Investigation
    5.1.4 File Review and Monitoring
    5.1.5 Family Members and Reportees
    5.1.6 Concluding a Missing Person Investigation
    5.1.7 Prevention and Intervention

 

Addenda

Section Title Number Download Document
Addenda Interim Continuation of Policing Standards Established by the Former British Columbia
Police Commission (BCPC)
1 Interim Continuation of Policing Standards Established by the Former British Columbia
Police Commission (BCPC)
Addenda Police Pursuits 2 Police Pursuits

*Beginning in November 2014, Standards have accompanying principles documents.