Edmonton, Alberta (“K” Division HQ) – In August 2010, Amber Tuccaro was reported missing to the Leduc Detachment. Two years later, her remains were found on a farmer’s field in rural Leduc County. Amber’s murder remains unsolved. In March 2014, Amber’s mother, Vivian Tuccaro, filed a complaint with the chair of the Commission for Public Complaints against the Leduc RCMP. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission reviewed the case and issued recommendations which the RCMP have accepted and implemented.
Earlier today, Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki delivered the following statement at “K” Division headquarters regarding the Amber Tuccaro investigation.
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today as we gather on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional land and home to many Indigenous peoples.
Before I begin, I want to express my deepest sympathy for your family’s loss. Please know that the RCMP remains completely committed to searching for the person responsible for taking Amber from you.
I would like to commend you for having the courage to talk about your difficult experiences searching for Amber, your daughter, sister, and mother.
Amber was a beloved member of your family and of the community.
I fully acknowledge that the early days of our investigation into Amber’s disappearance required a better sense of urgency and care. We agree with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission that in 2010, the Leduc Detachment’s initial missing person’s investigation was not our best work and was not in line with our established policies and guidelines.
At the beginning of this investigation the RCMP was not the police service we strive to be.
On behalf of the RCMP, I am truly sorry.
Although the past cannot be changed, it is important to remember and learn from it. This is necessary in order to move forward.
I can tell you with confidence that the RCMP is listening and learning from families such as yourselves. This includes building trust with family members by providing timely communication and requiring more oversight and accountability from senior management teams.
We are committed to addressing the recommendations laid out in the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission’s report. I’ve personally reviewed each recommendation, several of which we had already implemented when the report was received. The RCMP continues to implement the recommendations that were accepted by the Commissioner in 2018.
I am grateful that your family has continued a dialogue with us over the years, however strained it may have been for you. I’m committed to continuing to hear your truths, heal, and improve upon this relationship with you, as we strive for the same goal: finding justice for Amber.
Curtis Zablocki, M.O.M
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