Lethbridge police suspend another officer for alleged data breach – Calgary Herald


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The allegation comes two weeks after Lethbridge police submitted a plan on reforming its operations, demanded by Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu

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Bill Kaufmann

Lethbridge police file photo.
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Already under fire for earlier officer misconduct, Lethbridge police say they’ve suspended another one of their members suspected of improper use of a database.

On Monday, the service said it had suspended with pay one of its officers over the possible improper information search.

The allegation is under investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) which probes police conduct, they said.

“Lethbridge police have also ordered an internal professional misconduct investigation under the Police Service Regulation, which will be held in abeyance until the ASIRT investigation is complete,” Lethbridge police said in a press release.

The possible improper search of its Niche database occurred Feb. 5, said the service.

“Improper access of such information is taken very seriously by the Lethbridge Police Service,” they stated.

The allegation comes two weeks after Lethbridge police submitted a plan on reforming its operations, demanded by Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu in the wake of allegations officers had improperly accessed its database.


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Madu had threatened to disband the police service after it was rocked by a series of controversies that led to the suspension of five officers and a civilian member for allegedly improperly using databases to perform unauthorized searches of a cabinet minister’s personal data.

Two officers were disciplined after photographing then-environment minister Shannon Phillips in a Lethbridge restaurant and then following her.

Five of the force’s officers were suspended for circulating “toxic” memes directed at Phillips and top Lethbridge police officials.

It’s believed those officers’ actions stemmed from anger over NDP policy restricting the use of all-terrain vehicles in the nearby foothills and Rockies.

Madu also raised conflict-of-interest concerns over how the service handled accusations that one of its retired members had a non-consensual sexual relationship with a client, who was a domestic abuse survivor.

A Lethbridge Police spokesperson said the more recent case isn’t related to any of the incidents involving Phillips.

But they said the latest allegations fall within the focus of the plan submitted to the province earlier this month.

“It was identified as an issue which needed to be addressed, and measures to prevent improper access of information were included in the action plan submitted to the minister of justice on April 13, 2021,” they said.

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