Calgary, AB,

Seeking Public Assistance - Stolen CPS Notebooks

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance in locating five Service-issued notebooks stolen from the car of an off-duty officer in April.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, an off-duty police officer was the victim of a car prowling, which included the theft of a police-issue patrol rifle, as well as notebooks used by the member to record details of the officer’s on-duty interactions with the public.

The rifle and its case were recovered, however, the notebooks remain unaccounted for. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the notebooks or the theft, is asked to contact police.

The Service is currently working to determine what information may have been contained in the notebooks. We are currently in the process of notifying between 350 to 400 people regarding a possible breach of their personal information.

Details in the notebooks could include dates of birth, home addresses and driver’s licence numbers, among other personal information. We are taking the following steps to ensure those impacted can take precautions against identity theft and fraud.

Anyone who had contact with the officer and whose information may have been breached is receiving a letter from the Service in the coming weeks, advising them of the situation and the steps that are being taken.

Those affected have been encouraged to conduct regular reviews of their credit report, and monitor their mail for credit card statement or other bills that come in their name, but that they did not apply for.

Regularly checking credit or debit card statements for any suspicious activity and reporting any suspected fraudulent activity to their financial institution is also being urged.

The Service has notified the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta and will continue to work with members of the public who are impacted by this.

Media advisory to follow