Surrey RCMP corrects record on homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar
2023-09-26 15:08 PDT
Surrey RCMP is releasing a statement to correct misinformation surrounding the actions of our officers, in their initial response and while on scene at the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey on June 18, 2023.
On Saturday September 23, 2023, Surrey RCMP received a request from an international media outlet which contained a list of questions directed at multiple police agencies with a deadline the following day. This did not provide an adequate opportunity to respond. Subsequently a story was published which contained inaccurate information on the police response to this homicide.
Surrey RCMP recognizes the importance of ensuring that accurate information is being reported on the homicide of Mr. Nijjar.
The first 911 call in relation to this incident was received at 8:27 p.m. and the first officers arrived on scene in under four minutes, with more officers arriving on scene shortly after.
It was suggested that there was a conflict regarding which police agency would
head the investigation, however as the police of jurisdiction, Surrey RCMP is responsible for all police investigations in Surrey. There is nothing to indicate this investigation was delayed in any way, either in the initial response or in subsequent investigative steps.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called out and assumed conduct of the investigation with the continued support of Surrey RCMP. IHIT takes lead on all homicide investigations in the Lower Mainland with the exception of Delta and Vancouver. We are confident all necessary investigational steps are being taken to hold those responsible for the homicide accountable.
Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT Information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was a public act of violence which has caused members of our community to feel unsafe. In response to community concerns, Surrey RCMP has increased patrols around Gurdwaras and Temples. Surrey RCMP’s Diversity Unit has met with the Sikh and Hindu communities in Surrey and the unit continues to work closely with them to foster communication and engagement.
Cpl. Vanessa MunnMedia Relations Officer
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
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