DELTA (NEWS 1130) — The Delta Police Board is inviting anyone concerned with allegations against, and the investigation into the wife of the police chief to attend the next meeting.
An assault allegation against Lorraine DuBord is being investigated by the Surrey RCMP after an incident earlier this month.
Kiran Sidhu, a woman who says encountered DuBord when she mistakenly walked onto her property, filed a report with the Delta Police saying DuBord berated her and sprayed her with a hose. Sidhu has said she believes she was targetted and mistreated in this way because she is a woman of colour.
The Surrey RCMP were called in after the file was reportedly closed by the Delta Police Department.
Concerns over this incident and its handling prompted a statement from Delta’s police board.
“The Delta Police Board is aware of the public’s concerns with respect to the ongoing investigation regarding the spouse of the Delta Police Chief and it takes all allegations regarding the Delta Police Department very seriously. Not only are we ensuring that a fair and independent process is followed through the current investigation, but we will also be reviewing our internal policies and practices,” it reads.
“Confidence and trust in community policing is critical and we wish to restate our earlier commitment to create a safe, just, and inclusive community for all residents and visitors in Delta. We absolutely and unequivocally condemn racism and fully recognize that together we all need to do more to combat racism, hatred and discrimination in our community.”
The board meets again on Tuesday, June 30 at 9: 00 a.m. and points out members of the public concerned about this or any other incident are welcome to attend.
“The meeting commences with an open session that facilitates public participation. We encourage members of the community to participate in the open session but recognize that while we want to hear your concerns, we may not yet be in a position to formally respond to all questions at that time,” the statement concludes.