North Vancouver RCMP officer charged following internal investigation

North Vancouver

2020-06-23 13:42 PDT

This afternoon, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced that Constable Hirday Olak, of the North Vancouver RCMP has been charged in relation to a 2019 incident.

On October 8, 2019 shortly after midnight, frontline North Vancouver RCMP officers were called to investigate a theft from vehicle complaint. The suspect allegedly fled and was located nearby by two officers. While two officers were handcuffing the man, Cst. Olak allegedly assaulted him. The man was not charged in the theft from vehicle incident, as there was insufficient evidence to do so.

Another police officer came forward expressing concerns with the use of force used. Immediately upon learning of these allegations, statutory and code of conduct investigations were launched. Cst. Olak was reassigned to administrative duties and remains as such. His duty status is subject to continual review and assessment.

The results of a criminal investigation conducted by the RCMP were submitted to the BCPS for consideration of appropriate charges. On June 23, 2020 Cst. Olak was charged with one count of assault.

As police, we are expected to enforce and uphold the law and investigate where someone is believed to have broken it. Reporting a colleague is a difficult position to be in, but the decision to do so is what we expected and integral in maintaining public trust and confidence, states Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani, Officer in Charge of the North Vancouver RCMP. 

Released by:
S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet
Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
Office No.: 778-290-2929

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