Early this morning, Grande Prairie RCMP officers were conducting an investigation in the area of 100 Street and 110 Avenue in Grande Prairie. At approximately 3:30 a.m., a marked RCMP police motor vehicle was responding to assist, when a collision occurred between the RCMP police motor vehicle and a male on a bicycle at 107 Avenue and 98 Street. Members on scene provided first aid until emergency medical services arrived. The 28-year-old male was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The injured male remains in hospital in stable condition.
The RCMP notified the Director of Law Enforcement about this incident. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has been directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the contact between police and the male. The RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts. It's important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. ASIRT will be taking over carriage of the investigation into this incident.
The original investigation and the investigation into the actions of the male will remain the responsibility of the Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section.
Independent of ASIRT's investigation, the RCMP's internal review process will also be implemented to fully examine the incident. RCMP training, policy, police response, and the member's duty status will be subject to review. The RCMP is fully cooperating with ASIRT and will not be commenting further on this incident. All media inquiries about this incident should now be directed to ASIRT at 780-641-9099.