New Westminster – On January 13th 2020 at approximately 7:00pm, an adult male, who was in New Westminster Police custody and secured in a cell by himself, required medical attention after sustaining a reported injury. The male was taken to a local area hospital for medical assessment and treatment.
“At the time of this reported injury the male was alone in his cell. The cell block is staffed by an on-duty jail guard,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Because the male was in our custody at the time of his reported injury, we have engaged the Independent Investigations Office who have since taken conduct of the investigation. We have also notified the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner of the incident.”
As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Jeff Scott