Police officers in B.C. have many layers of oversight, including independent civilian oversight – and more than almost any other profession, including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and reporters. In addition, oversight is provided by the media, organizations like the BC Civil Liberties Association, and anyone with a cell phone.
We welcome this oversight and believe that it is appropriate and necessary given the policing power that we are granted as peace officers.
The VPD has over 1,000,000 contacts with the public every year, including approximately 270,000 calls for service every year. That works out to over 700 calls per day, and a small percentage of these interactions result in a complaint.