The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigates incidents involving Alberta's police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
All ASIRT investigations are assigned by the Director of Law Enforcement (DLE). ASIRT can be assigned one of the following roles:
- The DLE can direct the head of ASIRT to conduct an investigation into the incident or complaint.
- The DLE may request or direct a police service other than the one involved in the incident or complaint to conduct an investigation. The DLE may at any time direct the head of ASIRT to take over the ongoing investigation.
- The DLE may request or direct that ASIRT provide an ASIRT investigator to assist and advise the police service investigating the incident or complaint.
In every investigation, ASIRT strives to strike the proper balance between disclosing as much information as possible to the public and protecting witness confidentiality, guarding the rights to privacy that are protected by law, and maintaining the integrity of the investigation. More information on how this is done.
Message from the Executive Director of ASIRT