ASIRT news releases

Find out about the decisions on investigations by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

Latest news

Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • Apr 16, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into a fatal RCMP officer-involved shooting and released the assistant executive director’s report.

  • Mar 28, 2024

    On March 20, 2022, a male was arrested by Calgary Police Service (CPS) officers. At the arrest-processing centre, an officer repeatedly used force on the handcuffed male, resulting in his being injured and hospitalized for treatment. 

  • Mar 27, 2024

    On March 22, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the in-custody death of a 46-year-old man following his arrest by Wood Buffalo RCMP.

  • Mar 27, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed investigations into four separate incidents and released the assistant executive director’s full reports on each decision.

  • Mar 25, 2024

    On March 15, 2024, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a fatal Calgary Police Service (CPS) and RCMP officer-involved shooting.

  • Mar 18, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigations into three separate incidents and has released the findings.

  • Mar 6, 2024

    On March 1, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Edmonton.

  • Feb 28, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigations into five separate incidents and released the findings.

  • Feb 26, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Vegreville.

  • Feb 23, 2024

    On March 14, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate assaults alleged to have occurred during the arrest of individuals by RCMP officers on Nov. 14, 2020, after a vehicle fled police on a road outside of Lacombe. 

  • Feb 13, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an officer-involved shooting near Bonnyville.

  • Feb 7, 2024

    On Oct. 13, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate allegations of sexual assault by an off-duty Calgary Police Service officer.

  • Feb 2, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Edmonton.

  • Feb 1, 2024

    On April 21, 2022, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate allegations that an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer was falsifying arrest reports and the documentation related to the execution of warrants. Alberta’s director of law enforcement was made aware of these allegations by EPS, which had reported the matter pursuant to Sec. 46.1 of the Police Act.

  • Jan 19, 2024

    On Dec. 20, 2023, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Grande Prairie.

  • Jan 19, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into an incident and released the assistant executive director’s report.

  • Jan 18, 2024

    On Jan. 11, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Fort McMurray.

  • Jan 12, 2024

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigations into four separate incidents and released the findings.

  • Dec 20, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into four files and released the executive director’s and assistant executive director’s findings.

  • Dec 8, 2023

    On Dec. 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Edmonton.

  • Dec 6, 2023

    On Dec. 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Edmonton.

  • Nov 24, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigations into three separate incidents and released the executive director and assistant executive director’s reports on them.

  • Nov 23, 2023

    Pursuant to Sec. 46.1 of the Police Act, ASIRT was directed to investigate two incidents. ASIRT’s investigations are now complete and the director’s findings are provided below.

  • Nov 17, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into five files and released the executive director and assistant executive director’s reports.

  • Nov 2, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into an RCMP officer-involved shooting and released the assistant executive director’s report.

  • Oct 27, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into an incident and released the assistant executive director’s report.

  • Oct 20, 2023

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigations into four separate incidents and released the executive director and assistant executive director’s reports on them.

  • Oct 19, 2023

    On Oct. 12, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the in-custody death of a 50-year-old man shortly after his arrest by Slave Lake RCMP.

  • Oct 17, 2023

    On Sept. 27, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an RCMP officer-involved shooting in Wood Buffalo.

  • Oct 17, 2023

    On Oct. 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a man who went into medical distress and died in hospital 12 days later.

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Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.