BRITISH COLUMBIA

Police complaint commissioner orders review into custodial guard's conduct

11/15/2012 03:26 EST | Updated 01/15/2013 05:12 EST
VANCOUVER - B.C.'s police complaint commissioner has ordered a review into the inappropriate discipline imposed on a custodial guard accused of mistreating a man at the Vancouver Police jail.

Stan Lowe says the review by a retired judge is needed to ensure transparency and accountability involving the use-of-force complaint stemming from an incident in December 2010.

Hayden Wood filed a formal complaint against Special Const. Thomas Driscoll with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in January 2011.

While the Criminal Justice Branch did not approve any charges, a Vancouver Police Department investigation substantiated one allegation of abuse of authority but rejected accusations of discreditable conduct and neglect of duty.

Rollie Woods, spokesman with the commissioner's office, says Driscoll resigned from his duties as a custodial guard before the Vancouver Police Department imposed a written reprimand and training.

He says any discipline ordered by the retired judge adjudicating the review would be on Driscoll's record for the consideration of future employers.