Richard Rosenthal of the IIO

rosenthalAs chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., Richard Rosenthal oversees the investigations of police incidents resulting in death or serious injuries.

Rosenthal says the public is less skeptical of the IIO’s civilian-led investigations than the previous system of police investigating police.

Looking forward Rosenthal sees continuing debate on use of force, Tasers, and body cameras for police officers to collect data that would help in such investigations.

Rosenthal, who previously worked with police forces in Los Angeles, Portland and Denver, says Canada leads the world in independent civilian police oversight.

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