In accordance with the Police Act, the Chief of Police will notify both the Alberta Solicitor General and the Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission as soon as practicable of any:
- incident or complaint involving serious injury or death of any person that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer of the Edmonton Police Service; or,
- complaint alleging a matter of a serious or sensitive nature related to the actions of a police officer of the Edmonton Police Service.
The Chief will notify the Director of Law Enforcement (Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security), the Commission Chair and the Executive Director, or in the absence of either of the latter two individuals, the Vice-Chair or the Public Complaint Director. The Executive Director or, in his/her absence, the Public Complaint Director, will contact the other Commissioners within 24 hours using electronic means or other forms of communication as appropriate.
- Serious injury shall initially be presumed when the victim is admitted to hospital, suffers a fracture to a limb, rib or vertebrae or to the skull, suffers burns to a major portion of the body, loses any portion of the body, or suffers loss of vision or hearing.
- Identifying complaints of a serious or sensitive nature will require the exercise of judgment by the Chief of Police taking into account a variety of contextual factors, including the:
a. nature of alleged incident;
b. allegation of sexual assault by officer;
c. extent of alleged loss or damage;
d. impact on alleged victim;
e. number of alleged victims;
f. number/frequency of similar allegations;
g. potential for perception of significant conflict of interest;
h. impact on community, on police, on justice system;
i. impact on public confidence in police (local and general); and,
j. potential for bringing police or justice system into serious disrepute.
The Commission shall retain a record of all notifications and related communications as required by the Commission record retention schedule.
September 17, 2015
November 30, 2007