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Committee to scrutinize B.C. police watchdog

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - British Columbia residents are being asked for their opinions about the nearly two-year-old office that examines incidents of death or serious injury involving police in this province.

A special legislative committee reviewing the Independent Investigations Office is accepting public submissions until Sept. 26.

A section of the Police Act that set up the office requires the review by an all-party committee, with a final report submitted to the legislature.

Committee deputy chairman Spencer Chandra Herbert says members look forward to learning about the agency and considering how its operations could be improved.

The office accepted its first case in September 2012, when former soldier Greg Matters was shot to death during a standoff with RCMP in Prince George.

Earlier this month, director Richard Rosenthal announced a civilian monitor will review the handling of that file after questions arose about their report clearing officers of any criminal wrongdoing in Matters' death.

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