The chief of the Prince Albert police has announced his retirement in the wake of an independent report that found two officers neglected their duty in the situation around the death of a toddler.

In February 2022, 14-month-old Tanner Brass was allegedly killed by his father Kaij Brass hours after officers attended the home for a domestic dispute.

The Public Complaints Commission was tasked with an independent investigation and a report released on Thursday says Tanner’s death was “possibly preventable.”  The report pointed to several areas where the officers neglected their duties.

The PCC says they have given the report to the Prince Albert Police Service for possible discipline.

In a statement released by Chief of Police Jonathan Bergen on Thursday evening he announced his retirement as he feels it is a way to protect the discipline process moving forward from any claims of bias.

The full statement can be found here – Statement by Chief of Police Jonathan Bergen – May 18, 2023

In the meantime, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has scheduled a press conference Friday morning to discuss the findings of the PCC report.