RCMP specialized traffic unit honoured
On Jan. 30, 2013 the Surrey RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) was honoured by the BC Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) Traffic Safety Committee (TSC) for their excellence in the area of “Collision or Crash Investigation."
Several members of the CCIT were in attendance at a special ceremony held at the Vancouver Sheraton Guildford Hotel, where they were honoured by Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham, Chair of the Traffic Safety Committee.
“This specialized traffic unit has been recognized and greatly appreciated by not only the residents of their community, but by the larger police community in British Columbia,” says Graham. “Their investigative work culminating in criminal charges is considered a best practice within law enforcement.”
“I am very proud of these officers for their tireless work ethic and diligence in helping bring justice to those families who have lost loved ones in tragic circumstances,” says Surrey RCMP Insp. Lee Chanin. “Our investigators continue to set the standard for traffic collision investigations and are seen as some of the best in the province. As an added benefit we have seen an increase in our enforcement productivity thanks to this specialized unit which has allowed our enforcement teams to focus on proactive efforts. “
The CCIT was formed in 2010 to balance routine traffic enforcement with the demands of investigating complex motor vehicle incidents that result in fatalities or serious injuries. In the first two years of its existence the team investigated over 131 files.
Many are extremely comprehensive and require an abundance of documentation including engineer’s reports, re-enactments, and hundreds of pages of reports to Crown counsel. The ultimate goal for the team is to submit such detailed crash investigations into Crown within a fixed time frame so that a timely and successful prosecution can result.