Revamped LPS Action Plan back in hands of Justie Minister

The Lethbridge Police Service and Lethbridge Police Commission have submitted a revamped action plan to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kaycee Madu.  The latest plan was submitted on the deadline of Friday, June 25th. 

According to the Justice Minister’s office, they have received the amended report “and look forward to reviewing it.”  In a written statement they said, “while we acknowledge the effort that Lethbridge Police has put into the plan they previously submitted, it had a number of significant and substantive deficiencies, which is why we gave them specific input on what they need to incorporate in their action plan to address issues that have been raised.”

There were a number of changes the Justice Department was looking for, including specifics on the changed culture at LPS.  In recent months Madu had some serious concerns and threatened to potentially dissolve the Lethbridge Police Service if they did not submit to him their original action plan by the end of April, which he’d hoped would addressed some of the public concerns about the police service. 

This followed a number of incidents involving LPS officers that painted the entire police service in a bad light. 

The original action plan was submitted by the April deadline, but about a month later Madu informed LPS and the police commission that the plan was not sufficient and would need to be amended by June 25. 

BCN spoke with Police Commission Chair, Rob vanSpronsen about the revamped plan they submitted last Friday, which was a 30 page document not including addendums. He says Madu’s original request did not include items that he later asked to be included in the plan. 

VanSpronsen says he doesn’t know how long it will take Madu to respond to the he

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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