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Flags at all JIBC campuses at half-mast to honour dedication and sacrifice of Sgt. Andrew Harnett

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is flying flags at half-mast at all JIBC campuses to honour Sgt. Andrew Harnett of the Calgary Police Service who died in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve.

On Dec. 31 a Calgary Police officer was conducting a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. The vehicle attempted to flee and the officer was struck and dragged by the driver of the escaping vehicle. He died in hospital of injuries sustained during the incident. The two suspects have since turned themselves in to police and have been charged with first-degree murder.

The fallen officer, 37-year-old Sgt. Andrew Harnett, was a 12-year member of the Calgary Police Service. He is survived by his wife who is expecting the birth of their first child.

“On behalf of everyone at JIBC, our deepest condolences go out to the Calgary Police Service and the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen officer,” said Steve Schnitzer, Director of the JIBC Police Academy. “Sgt. Harnett’s sacrifice, dedication and commitment to keeping his community safe will not be forgotten.”



Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.