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B.C. Police Watchdog Recieved 233 Officer-Involved Complaints: Report

07/18/2013 05:47 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - British Columbia's police watchdog says it received 233 complaints of police-involved incidents during its first seven months of operation.

The first annual report by the Independent Investigations Office says 201 of those complaints didn't fall within the mandate of the agency, which investigates incidents of serious harm or death involving police officers.

Fifteen other investigations were closed after a preliminary inquiry, while the IIO conducted 17 full investigations.

The report says all the investigations involved on-duty officers and included nine deaths and eight incidents of serious harm.

The office has 50 full-time staff and spent $6.6 million in its first year in operation.

The IIO was created after recommendations from separate inquiries into the police-involved deaths of Frank Paul, who froze to death in a Vancouver alley and Robert Dziekanski, who died at the airport.

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