Independent police probe examines allegations linked to Kelowna RCMP

The leader of the Kelowna RCMP has retired in the middle of an independent investigation into his detachment.

An Abbotsford police spokesperson confirmed the investigation in an email to Black Press.

Rob Vermeulen says detachment commander Nick Romanchuk took a leave from his post in early September and announced his retirement on Sept. 26.

"We will be working with our local government partners on choosing the next Detachment Commander for Kelowna Regional Detachment", Vermeulen said.

Ian MacDonald confirms the investigation "into a number of allegations involving the Kelowna detachment" began in early September.

MacDonald couldn't say how long the investigation was expected to take.

"When you're dealing with a series of allegations as opposed to. a single allegation is that it can branch off into other areas", MacDonald said.

"Because we are in the midst of it, one of the things we have to be extremely mindful of is to not influence any of the evidence", he said.

He says the RCMP asked the Abbotsford department to step in and investigate, but further details could not be released. Romanchuk became superintendent in 2013. Lepine said his plans to retire were not related to the controversy. He was supposed to have a disciplinary hearing related to his appearance on a sexual fetish website.

  • Leroy Wright