Calgary, AB,

Firearm magazine lost from police officer’s belt

A magazine for a Calgary Police Service pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition are missing after they fell from the duty belt of an on-duty police officer yesterday evening.

The officer was working in District 8 – an area that includes all communities south of Fish Creek Park – when he noticed that one of the magazine carriers on his belt was open and the loaded magazine had fallen out. The magazine and ammunition fell out at some point between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., likely somewhere in the communities of Midnapore, Shawnessy or Silverado, the evening of Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The Calgary Police Service uses a type of ammunition that is commonly available to gun owners and the lost ammunition poses minimal risk to the public without a firearm. Service magazines are prohibited because they hold five more rounds than other gun owners are permitted to have in a magazine. The magazine only fits one make of handgun and poses no risk to the public on its own.

However, police still need to locate the items to ensure that they are secure and are never used in the commission of a crime.

Officers have searched the areas where the magazine may have fallen out, but were unable to locate it and now police are asking for the public’s help. Photos of a Calgary Police Service magazine and ammunition are attached to this release.

The Calgary Police Service would like to sincerely apologize to Calgarians for the loss of the loaded magazine. Firearm safety and security is one of our top priorities and information about this incident is being released in the interests of transparency. The trust of Calgarians is something the Service does not take for granted and we recognize that incidents like this can undermine that trust.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the lost magazine or ammunition is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case # 16180462/4817