Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere - Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the new Executive Director, I am very honoured to have been chosen to lead the very capable and principled men and women that comprise the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. Without exception, they have the integrity and strength of character as well as a commitment to the highest standards of investigative excellence that would be necessary and expected to be able to discharge the significant public responsibilities of their positions.
As Executive Director, I am committed to and believe in justice and accountability. Martin Luther King, Jr, once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, something I have always believed. Everyone is entitled to justice and no one is above the law. In the words of Malcolm X, “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against”.
ASIRT’s vision, to enhance public confidence and ensure accountability in the investigation of serious or sensitive incidents involving Alberta’s police, will only be achieved through the continued pursuit of investigative excellence, and the principled maintenance of ASIRT’s integrity, objectivity and independence. As Executive Director, I remain committed to building trust and conducting the best possible investigations into the conduct of police officers within Alberta with respect and professionalism, with a view to seeking truth and justice.
I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the leadership and public service of the Honourable Provincial Court Judge Clifton G. Purvis, whose vision and initiative led to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team becoming the well-respected and trusted model of an independent, objective investigative body that it is. Alberta has been well served having a man of such honour and integrity leading ASIRT. I move forward in the hope that I can continue his remarkable work.
In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to explore our interactive website. It is my hope that through learning more about ASIRT, Albertans will have a clear and more comprehensive understanding of our role and responsibilities, and in turn, will maintain greater confidence in policing in Alberta.
Sue Hughson, Q.C.