May 30, 2016

Transit Police Officer Charged After Lengthy Investigation

New Westminster – A Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officer has been charged after a lengthy investigation into an alleged assault.

On August 10, 2011, Constable Edgardo Diaz and his partner, then Constable Michael Hughes, were involved in an incident at Rupert Street SkyTrain Station. An altercation which took place between the two officers and a male, resulted in a request by Transit Police to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner for an order to investigate. The OPCC asked the New Westminster Police Department to conduct an investigation which has resulted in both Constable Diaz and Mr. Hughes (who has since left the police service) being charged by Crown with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault with a Weapon. First appearance for Constable Diaz is on February 12, 2015.

Constable Diaz continues to work in an administrative capacity. As mentioned previously, Mr. Hughes left the Transit Police in 2012.

The Transit Police has reduced the number of public trust complaints by 56% since 2012, by ensuring a member the Professional Standards Unit is in touch with a complainant within one business day. This rapid response by Professional Standards, addresses identified concerns as quickly as possible and has helped to reduce complaints.

Transit Police is committed to maintaining order, promoting safety and reducing crime on the transit system in Metro Vancouver.

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