Edmonton, Alberta – On February 18, 2016, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to commence an investigation into serious and sensitive allegations of theft and fraud committed by a Spruce Grove/Stony Plain Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) member.
ASIRT conducted a thorough and independent investigation into this incident. ASIRT Executive Director, Ms. Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., received the completed investigation and upon reviewing it, and after consultation with members of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS), determined there were reasonable grounds to believe that criminal offences were committed by a police officer. As such, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, Aaron Sayler was arrested for one count of theft under $5000, one count of obtaining by false pretenses, one count of uttering a forged document and one count of fraud under $5000. He was released on an undertaking with conditions. All counts are criminal offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Mr. Sayler is no longer a police officer but at the time of the offences was a sworn member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working out of the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain detachment.
With respect to the alleged theft, it is believed that on March 6, 2015, then Constable Aaron Sayler participated in a search of a vehicle and found an airsoft pistol that, instead of seizing as evidence and properly handling it as an exhibit, he simply took.
With respect to the remaining counts, it is alleged that on October 27, 2014, Constable Sayler engaged in insurance fraud by creating a false hit and run collision report that he submitted to his insurance company for the purpose of obtaining insurance money.
As these matters are now before the courts, ASIRT will not provide any further information in relation to these incidents.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
Alberta Serious Incident Response Team
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