08/21/2015 11:52 EDT | Updated 08/21/2015 11:59 EDT

Former Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson Cleared Of Conflict Of Interest Allegations


CALGARY — The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has cleared Calgary's former police chief of conflict-of-interest allegations.

Rick Hanson deployed 22 new officers to a district on his last day on the job before announcing he was running there in the May provincial election.

Hanson was a candidate for the Progressive Conservatives in Calgary Cross and lost the seat by 100 votes.

ASIRT says in a release that the need for more officers in the area was well-documented and had been recommended as far back as 2011.

The agency says there is no evidence Hanson attempted to personally benefit from the decision to boost resources in the district.

It says it found no indication that Hanson used the issue during his election campaign.

``While there may have been an appearance of a conflict, the evidence demonstrates clear and compelling justification for the decision,'' ASIRT said in a release.

Rodney Fong, chairman of the Calgary Police Commission, said ASIRT's investigation confirmed what the commission already knew.

"...That that the decision by CPS leadership and former chief Hanson to deploy more resources to District 5 was based on evidence about the needs of the community,'' Fong said in a statement late Thursday.

"The commission was aware that discussions about allocating resources to District 5, an area with high call volume and staff shortages, had been happening for quite some time before the memo was signed in March 2015. Rick Hanson and CPS leadership acted in good faith and in the best interests of the community.''