Calgary, AB,

No Criminal Charges Against Officer in Stolen Patrol Rifle Case

A Calgary Police Service constable who was investigated after a patrol rifle was stolen from his car will not be charged criminally in connection with the case.

During the evening of Saturday, April 4, 2015, an off-duty CPS member attended a restaurant on Crowfoot Terrace N.W., where he parked his personal vehicle in the parking lot. Inside his vehicle was a police-issue patrol rifle inside a locked hard-covered carrying case that he had taken home to clean while off duty. Also in the case were two magazines containing 28 rounds each.

When he returned to his vehicle, he found that the vehicle had been broken into and the patrol rifle case and contents had been taken.

Following a thorough investigation by the Calgary Police Service Professional Standards Section, that included a review of all the evidence by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the Edmonton Crown Prosecutor’s Office has recommended no charges be laid against the officer in question.

Now that the criminal investigation is complete, a thorough internal investigation will continue under the Police Act which will look at the officer’s judgment, Service policies, and other factors related to this event.

At this point in the process we are limited in providing further details until the internal matter is concluded. Further details will be released when available.