Public Statement: Social Media Concerns

Over the past 24 hours the Lethbridge Police Service has received a number of messages with respect to concerns about the personal social media posts of an employee who commented on the attendance of a transgender woman who was a guest at the Alberta Legislature earlier this week to recognize 100 years of women's suffrage in the province.

On the evening of April 21, 2016 LPS received a formal complaint under the Alberta Police Act regarding the employee’s alleged conduct. The Chief of Police reviewed the complaint this morning and has subsequently directed an investigation. The Service must adhere to the investigative process set out under the Police Act and will be working with the complainant to address the concerns that have been raised in the interest of reaching a positive resolution.

In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, it is not appropriate for the Police Service to comment further on this matter at this time. Upon the conclusion of the investigative process, LPS will provide an update to the community.

In the meantime, the Lethbridge Police Service wishes to assure the public that we are committed to providing safe and inclusive communities for all our citizens. We respect and value equity, dignity and inclusion for all members of the community we serve.

LPS has a dedicated Diversity Liaison Officer and we are very fortunate to work closely and have strong partnerships with community groups that recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusivity in the City of Lethbridge. We will continue to work with these organizations to foster awareness and greater understanding of diversity issues.

All members of the LPS receive diversity training and the Service is committed to bias-free policing, which means all people are treated equally and fairly and all investigative decisions are based only on criminal behaviour.

As an organization we have an official LPS Facebook page and Twitter account that are used to communicate with the public. These are the only social media accounts that represent the LPS.

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Police will not be conducting interviews and no further comment will be made at this time.