Lethbridge Police conclude investigation into ARCHES/Supervised Consumption Site; “$1.5 million in provincial funds was unaccounted for”

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service has concluded its investigation of ARCHES and allegations of financial improprieties at the Supervised Consumption Site (SCS).

The Alberta Justice Specialized Prosecutions branch supported the findings of the Lethbridge Police investigation and determined it would not recommend criminal charges as there wasn’t a reasonable likelihood of conviction and prosecution would not be in the public interest.

Lethbridge Police Service
Lethbridge Police Service

In July of 2020, the Government of Alberta turned over the findings of an independent audit to Lethbridge Police to investigate. During the audit more than .

Investigators with the LPS Economic Crimes Unit worked with government officials, auditors, the ARCHES Board of Directors and the Specialized Prosecutions branch. Through a lengthy and comprehensive investigation, in which Special Prosecutions was provided with regular updates on its progress, Lethbridge Police were able to uncover records which accounted for the funding in question.

The findings have been shared with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, which concludes the involvement of the Lethbridge Police Service in the matter.

Lethbridge Police Service

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