Crime & Court

Fort McMurray RCMP officer charged with assault with a weapon

A Fort McMurray, Alta., RCMP member has been charged following an investigation conducted by the Wood Buffalo Detachment.

Const. Joshua Jackson (25), of the Wood Buffalo Detachment, has been charged with one count of assault with a weapon.

It is alleged that on Sept. 17, 2020, Const. Jackson threw a cellphone at an adult female who was then transported to hospital, treated and released. Const. Jackson was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Const. Jackson was removed from his general patrol duties immediately following the incident, and will be working in an administrative capacity for the foreseeable future. He has been with the RCMP for five months.

The Alberta RCMP believes in processes that seek the facts and it’s important that processes taken to assess the actions of all those involved, including the police, are fair, transparent, and defendable. This is why, when we become aware of a situation that requires review, we immediately initiate internal processes to look at the totality of the incident, including the actions of the member and the duty status of the member.

Const. Jackson’s first appearance in Wood Buffalo Provincial Court is Sep. 29, 2020.

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