PAGC says it’s willing to work with police service on reform following officer’s charges

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The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) is voicing the need for reform among the Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS).

This comes after a long-time police officer was criminally charged in the in-custody death of Saul Laliberte in 2021. A 21-year member has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessities of life.

“We are dedicated to working together with PAPS and other stakeholders during these challenging times to achieving necessary reforms,” said Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte in a news release.

“These changes must make sure everyone is included and treated fairly, and that the safety and well-being of everyone in our community is put first.”

Hardlotte said he commends the police service for relieving the officer from duty pending court proceedings. This decision shows its dedication to public trust and ensuring an impartial investigation, he said.

“However, it is equally essential that we do not lose sight of the profound human element at the heart of this situation – the passing of a young man and a grieving family left in the wake of a painful loss.”

The PAGC said it’s standing by Laliberte’s family as the case moves forward.