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December 14, 2011

RCMP releases update on criminal investigation

JIBC continues full cooperation with investigation

The RCMP has released an update on the investigation of criminal incidents that have victimized individuals linked to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

In a December 14 news release, the RCMP confirms that approximately 13 people have been victimized in a series of arsons and shootings. No one has been physically harmed in these incidents.

The RCMP and JIBC communicated on September 6 that 10 people linked to JIBC had been victimized by criminal incidents. The number of victims has increased from 10 to approximately 13 as the investigation has looked back at previous arsons and shootings, and has linked a number of new incidents since September, 2011.

The news release also confirms that the investigation has revealed a link to an ICBC employee, who allegedly accessed personal information of 65 individuals, including the 13 identified victims.

As quoted in the news release, JIBC President Jack McGee said: “We are very concerned that there have been additional incidents. The safety and security of our students, staff, faculty, and the public who use our campuses is of paramount importance to JIBC. Enhanced security put in place at JIBC campuses remains in effect.”

“JIBC continues to have complete confidence in the RCMP-led integrated investigation team,” said President McGee. “We remain in close contact with the RCMP and continue to fully cooperate with the investigation.”

Police continue to ask the public to be vigilant, and to immediately report any suspicious activity to their local police. If you have any information about these crimes and wish to remain anonymous, call CRIME STOPPERS at 1.800.222.8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

Support for students, staff, and faculty

Students, staff, and faculty may request an escort from security staff to the parking lot.

Counselling Services continue to be available to students on an ongoing basis. Confidential services can be accessed by calling 604.528.5884 (Toll-free: 1.877.275.4331), or emailing studentcounselling@jibc.ca.

About JIBC

JIBC is a public post-secondary education institution based in New Westminster, BC, with additional campuses in Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, Kelowna and Victoria.

JIBC offers programs and courses, leading to degrees, certificates, and diplomas, in three schools:

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