Manitoba Justice has asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “F” Division (Saskatchewan) to investigate a motor vehicle collision involving two off-duty Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) officers.
Manitoba Justice has been advised the collision occurred at approximately 3:20am on March 12, 2016, when the officers’ vehicle struck a parked car in a residential neighbourhood, causing extensive damage to both as well as a fire hydrant. One of the off-duty officers was treated at the scene and the other was transported to hospital by ambulance. No other injuries were reported.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) was notified of this incident on March 17. After reviewing materials supplied by the WPS, the civilian director identified a conflict of interest and determined the IIU should not assume any role in this matter. As it is in the public interest to ensure an independent investigation, Manitoba Justice’s director of policing asked the RCMP to assume responsibility for the investigation on March 22.