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Calgary police officer charged with sexual assault: ASIRT

A Calgary police constable has been charged with sexual assault after an incident in October 2021.

On Oct. 9, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was brought in to investigation the allegation of a sexual assault by a Calgary police officer.

According to ASIRT, the investigation showed that the off-duty officer had been at a licensed establishment Oct. 9. While he was there, he allegedly touched a staff member in a sexual manner without her consent, ASIRT said.

The evidence they gathered provided reasonable grounds to believe the offence had been committed. The investigation was forwarded to the Crown prosecutors office as prescribed by the Police Act.

Following that review, and the recommendations from the Crown, they believed the evidence did support a prosecution, read a release from ASIRT. Executive Director Michael Ewenson determined that the officer should be charged.

As a result, on Dec. 6, Const. Gurluv Singh was charged with sexual assault.

The matter is now before the courts and ASIRT will provide no further information.

The Calgary Police Service said once they were made aware of the allegation, they notified the Director of Law enforcement, who then assigned it to ASIRT.

“The involved officer, a five-year-member of the CPS, was placed on administrative duty, with no contact with the public, while the investigation was ongoing,” read an emailed statement from the CPS.

“His status will be reviewed as a result of the criminal-code charges.”

The CPS said that allegations like these impact the trust and confidence Calgarians have in the CPS.

“The Calgary Police Service takes allegations such as these very seriously and have committed to thorough and transparent accountability,” CPS said.