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Alberta Chiefs Issue Rules Regarding Privacy for the Deceased

The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) have adopted a framework that lays out how and when police name homicide victims in investigations based on advice from lawyers, senior police officers, Alberta’s Solicitor General’s department, and the Provincial Privacy Commissioner.

The document specifies that releasing the identity has to be in the public good and notes families of the deceased should be considered as additional victims.

The AACP has also put together suggested amendments for the Alberta Police Act.  The recommendations include a call for an independent, civilian-led oversight body, a more streamlined public complaint process, and more support for First Nations police services. These documents are accessible here.

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