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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge Police officer charged with assault; relieved of duty

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A Lethbridge Police officer has been charged with assault after an altercation with a prisoner earlier this year.

The constable has been relieved from duty without pay pending the outcome of the matter in court.

The charge stems from an incident in the LPS Short Term Holding Facility Feb. 9, 2020 involving the officer and a male prisoner inside a cell.

The prisoner did not suffer any injuries as a result of the altercation.

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Following an internal complaint a notification under the Police Act was made to the Director of Law Enforcement. The completed investigation was then sent off to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service for review and a charge of assault was recommended.

 “In this case I believe exceptional circumstances exist that warrant the relief of duty without pay for the good of the Police Service and to uphold the public expectation that police officers be held to the highest standards,” said Chief Scott Woods.

Under the Police Service Regulation, the Chief’s decision to relieve the officer from duty without pay must be reviewed by the Police Commission within 30 days. As such the Lethbridge Police Commission has been advised and asked to review and confirm the Chief’s decision.

Cst. David Easter is charged with one count of assault. Easter was released and is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court November 4th.

(From LPS release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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