AUMA has advocated on the following topics related to policing:
Key partners and stakeholders:
Community policing is an approach to crime reduction that involves members of the community as active participants. Community consultations, community partnerships, problem solving, and prevention are all hallmarks of community policing. Under a community policing approach, community residents play a role in identifying local crime issues and help establish policing priorities, and front line police officers develop problem-solving strategies in partnership with community members.
In Alberta, municipalities have a variety of responsibilities for the costs of municipal policing services, as outlined in the following table:
|Municipal Population||Policing Arrangement||Municipal Responsibility for Policing Costs|
|Over 5,000||Stand-alone or regional municipal police service||
Municipality pays 100%
The Police Act establishes two separate provincial entities to oversee police: the Director of Law
Enforcement and the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board (ALERB). The Assistant Deputy Minister for the Public Security Division of Justice and Solicitor General is the Director of Law Enforcement.
The Director of Law Enforcement's main responsibilities are:
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) was established by the Alberta Government in 2006 to combat organized and serious crime. Over 300 municipal police and RCMP work together in teams to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence.
Peace officers enhance the work of police officers, performing varied roles that assist in maintaining the peace. Peace officers are authorized under the Peace Officer Act, which enables the Alberta government to designate agencies and individuals with peace officer status for specific job functions.