British Columbia

Kelowna's top cop retires as Abbotsford Police investigate 'multiple allegations' at the detachment

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

Investigation began at the same time Supt. Nick Romanchuk took a leave of absence

Former RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk has retired, confirms an RCMP spokesperson (RCMP)

Investigators from the Abbotsford Police Department are in Kelowna and will be conducting interviews over the next few days as they look into a series of allegations at the Kelowna RCMP detachment.

Abbotsford police spokesman, Const. Ian MacDonald, has confirmed that only one person is at the centre of the investigation but he would not say who that person is or comment on the nature of the allegations.

"I don't want to get into the specifics of it, but I will confirm that our investigators are involved...and that it's a series of allegations," said Macdonald. 

"I don't want to say anything that could hamper or interfere with our investigation."

The investigation started in early September and coincided with the head of the Kelowna detachment taking an unexpected leave of absence.

RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk has been off since Sept. 6 with no reason given. In an e-mail on Sept. 26, RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said Romanchuk had decided to retire, but offered no details.

Romanchuk became Kelowna's superintendent in 2013, following a number of years commanding detachments in the Kootenays. 

An interim regional detachment commander is now in place. 

Const. MacDonald said Abbotsford police investigators will be in Kelowna over the weekend.