Alberta police watchdog ASIRT at 'critical mass' after busy year of investigations

Alberta’s police watchdog is at “critical mass” when it comes to the number of investigations it can handle thanks in part to the increased complexity of sensitive investigations and a jump in police-involved shootings in 2018.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to probe 71 cases last year ranging from fatal motor vehicle accidents involving police to physical altercations to the review of other police files from out of province.

Last year about one-third of its case load — or 26 files — centred on police-involved shootings in Alberta. Eleven of the cases were fatal encounters while another six involved serious injuries.

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