IIU concludes investigation into domestic abuse and unauthorized access to computer data

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) has ended its investigation into allegations of domestic abuse and unauthorized access to computer data following a report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

According to the notification received on July 23, 2021, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has reported that a complaint has been received from a person who subsequently identified the injured person (AP). The AP advised that they were in a relationship with a person later identified as Subject Officer (SO), and alleged that the officer assaulted her during an argument in 2019. After the relationship ended, the AP moved into new housing and obtained new license plates for her car in July 2021.

Two days later, the Associated Press said SO called her to provide her with her new license plate information and new address. The AP was concerned that the SO used his position as a police officer to query its license plate information through the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) or Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPIC) data systems.

Because the allegations in the notification are matters of discretion under the provisions of the Police Services Act (PSA), the Civil Director has determined that it is in the public interest to conduct an independent investigation by the IIU.

A team of IIU investigators is assigned to investigate. An officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been identified as the subject matter officer. IIU investigators performed audits of access to CPIC and MPIC computer systems to ascertain whether AP license plate information was subject to any access, authorized or otherwise. Additional information obtained by IIU investigators included:

  • Occurrence summary report
  • Copies of emails between AP and SO
  • Copies of text messages between AP and SO

In this investigation, the IIU’s mandate was to determine whether there should be consequences for the actions of the officer in charge. After interviews with the AP and SO and a detailed review of the investigation and these file materials, IIU identified:

  • There is insufficient evidence to support any finding that there are reasonable grounds for the assault allegation from 2019; And
  • No person, including SO or anyone on behalf of SO, has been able to access any computer system or obtain any computer data that would reveal AP’s current license plate number or address.

The IIU investigation is now closed.

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