The Alberta Court of Appeal has granted leave to appeal in a case involving a complaint to the Edmonton Police Service. The main dispute is whether the chief of police’s record of investigation should be confidential.
In Edmonton (Police Service) v. Alberta (Law Enforcement Review Board), Sheryle Carlson made a complaint about a police officer to the EPS on June 23, 2010. The EPS investigated and the police chief dismissed the complaint on Feb. 8, 2011. Carlson then appealed to the Law Enforcement Review Board. At this point, there is usually a public hearing before the board, but there was contention over what access the public should have to the record before the board.
Thomas Engel, counsel for Carlson, argued that once the record is filed with the board, it should be made public. However, police chief Rod Knecht argued that members of the public should be required to go through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act process.