Vancouver police honoured for investigation into cop

Police in Vancouver had been honoured for his or her position in investigating a former member of the RCMP forward of his trial in June.

Fifteen law enforcement officials, two crime analysts and an investigational assistant had been recipients of an award Monday from the Vancouver Police Division.

The award stems from an investigation that started three years in the past.

Feminine college students reported {that a} man in a automobile had uncovered himself to them, and masturbated in entrance of them, as they walked to and from their Vancouver non-public colleges in February 2019.

As described by the VPD in a doc outlining this yr’s award winners, “The investigation grew to become much more difficult when the suspect was recognized as a police officer from one other company, who understood policing and investigative strategies, and will doubtlessly entry police stories and sufferer statements.

“Intercourse crime investigations are delicate and closely scrutinized, however none extra so than these involving a police officer.”

A suspect was recognized and arrested. Whereas not named Monday by the VPD, CTV Information coated the case on the time.

Andrew James Seangio, a former member of the Richmond RCMP, was recognized by police as their suspect.

The VPD mentioned his digital units had been seized and alleged that evaluation uncovered “archived photographs and movies” taken in Ottawa between 2015 and 2017.

Police from Vancouver then went to the nation’s capital and interviewed “quite a few victims” in reference to the case. Officers mentioned these folks didn’t know they had been being photographed or filmed.

The investigation resulted in 10 fees in Vancouver and 38 in Ottawa, none of which has been confirmed in court docket.

In mild of the award introduced Monday to the officers concerned, CTV Information Vancouver contacted the B.C. Prosecution Service for an replace within the case.

The Crown mentioned Seangio appeared in court docket final week for a pre-trial convention, and that his trial by choose and jury is about to start on June 6.

His case includes 10 counts of committing indecent acts by exposing himself in a public place, in some case to younger individuals, a BCPS spokesperson mentioned in an electronic mail. These are alleged to have occurred in Vancouver between August 2018 and March 2019, and embrace the allegations from the scholars talked about above.

On a separate indictment, he’s additionally charged with voyeurism in reference to incidents alleged to have occurred between December 2016 and February 2018. This shall be heard at a separate judge-and-jury trial on Sept. 9.

Each trials shall be in Vancouver.

The officers awarded the chief constable’s quotation for his or her work on the case are: Supt. Alison Laurin; Insp. Daybreak Richards; Sgt. Revard Dufresne; detective-constables Lianne Araki, Blake Chersinoff, Michelle Collins, Danielle Gauthier, Kerry-Anne Horgan, Eric Ludeman, Rob Mitchelson, Tania Visintin, Mason Wan, Stephanie Wightman and Alice Yee; Ottawa Police Det. Monique Paquette; crime analysts Linh Riddick and Ryan Villamin; and investigational assistant Angela Tang.

Police tape blocks the scene of a stabbing and capturing at a Canadian Tire on Bentall Road, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Ben Miljure)

A number of different members of the VPD had been honoured at Monday’s ceremony, together with those that responded to a name that led to a deadly police-involved capturing at a Canadian Tire.

B.C.’s police watchdog, the Unbiased Investigations Workplace, regarded into the capturing, however decided in 2019 that the case wouldn’t be despatched on to Crown counsel for the consideration of fees. 

The capturing of a person who was beforehand recognized to police adopted a confrontation with officers who’d been informed a person wearing camouflage stabbed a clerk and tried to steal weapons. It’s alleged that the person held an 82-year-old buyer hostage and stabbed a police officer a number of instances earlier than he was shot.

Video from the scene exhibits the charred stays of a camper van, its roof burned practically fully away. (CTV)

The VPD additionally honoured civilians for his or her life-saving actions, together with these of landscaper Matthew Coulson who climbed over a wall to get to a camper van when he heard folks screaming.

Coulson, in response to police, realized somebody was trapped inside and rushed into the burning automobile. He managed to rescue a girl who’d been inside, and made efforts to save lots of a person who finally died within the April 2021 fireplace.

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