Police Chief Roger Chaffin is hoping to chat with ASIRT about what can and can’t be said when it comes to police-involved investigations.
Chaffin says now, more than ever, is the time for increasing police transparency, yet he feels he can’t say much to the public about shootings and other incidents involving his own officers.
He understands that watchdogs want to contain information so investigations remain objective, but there needs to be more openness.
“They are a highly-competent group of investigators, they fill quite a good role,” Chaffin said in an interview with The Morning News on News Talk 770 on Tuesday morning. “It’s not that part that’s a concern as much as those early days when you want to talk to communities and reassure them that these things are being looked after.”
Chaffin says other chiefs of police in Alberta agree that it’s a double-standard to release a lot of information about a citizen matter, yet seem to remain too guarded when it comes to police matters.
“As we all follow the temple of issues between communities and policing in North America, I think that now, more than ever, begs for more openness and more transparency when issues like this occur.”
Chaffin hopes to speak with the watchdog in the coming month.