Albertans are served by a law enforcement system that is made up of a number of organizations and various types of personnel.
Under provincial legislation, urban municipalities with populations over 5,000 must make arrangements to provide policing services in their communities. Urban municipalities with populations of 5,000 or less, and all rural municipalities regardless of population, receive policing services from the RCMP under the provincial policing contract between Alberta and the federal government.
Alberta Police Act Review
The Alberta Police Act establishes the authority, jurisdiction, and legal duties of police officers in
Alberta. It defines how police agencies are administered and made accountable to the public, and provides for the oversight of police professional conduct, including disciplinary procedures and outcomes. Under the Act, the Alberta government is responsible for providing police services to municipalities with populations of 5,000 or less, as well as to all municipal districts and counties, at no direct cost to them.
In 2016, AUMA members passed a resolution asking AUMA to advocate for a new, more equitable police funding model. In June 2018, Justice and Solicitor General confirmed that public engagement for a new Police Act would begin this fall; however, the dates for consultation and a timeline for engagement are not yet confirmed.
AUMA Police Act Working Group
AUMA has established a Police Act Working Group to inform its response to engagement on the Police Act. The working group has the following mandate:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the Alberta Police Act and developing recommendations for amendments to improve policing services and community safety; and
- Recommend a new, more equitable funding model to the AUMA Board.
AUMA members will continue to have opportunities to provide feedback on AUMA’s recommendations for amending the Alberta Police Act Review. We will advising members on the progress of the Police Act Working Group through our weekly Digest, as well as posting regular updates on this webpage. If you have any questions about AUMA’s approach to the Police Act review, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.