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Governance

From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

Community Policing

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.

Funding

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%

Governance

Provincial oversight

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:

Sheriffs

Sheriffs are sworn peace officers under the Alberta Peace Officer Act, and they perform a wide range of activities in concert with other law enforcement and policing partners in Alberta. The Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol has specific responsibility for traffic enforcement and Sheriffs have authority to enforce traffic-related provincial laws, as well as Liquor and Gaming Regulations.

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