Police chief Bill Blair confirms that it is apparent Cst John Zivcic was not wearing a seatbelt when he got into an on-duty accident late last month.
Zivcic was responding to a call when his cruiser collided with another vehicle and then crashed into a tree.
He died a couple of days later in hospital.
"If any good can be drawn from [the accident], it's the opportunity to remind all of our officers and our citizens the importance of wearing a seatbelt," chief Blair says in a year-end interview with Newstalk 1010.
Blair says it is a discussion that has been had within the force for over a decade.
"Although it's a bit of a challenge sometimes for our officers [to wear seatbelts] because they wear a great deal of equipment on their utility belts and they're often in and out of the car in emergency situations, it's important that we'd be able to do our job safely," Blair says.
Tune in to Newstalk 1010 tomorrow morning to more of the year-end interview with chief Blair.