The Edmonton Police Commission is committed to making Edmonton a safe and vibrant city today and in the future. By working closely with the Chief of Police and the Edmonton Police Service, the Commission creates an essential balance between public accountability and police independence. The Edmonton Police Service is held responsible for its actions by reporting to the Commission, a non-political body appointed to represent the citizens of Edmonton.
Edmonton is changing, and these changes affect how our city must be policed. By connecting with the community at meetings and public forums, the Commission is able to respond to citizens’ expectations and concerns, and take the necessary steps to build a safer community.
The Commission acts as the link between the police service and the provincial and municipal government. While the Commission is appointed by and accountable to City Council, it remains an unbiased body whose primary responsibility is ensuring professional and ethical front line policing to the citizens of Edmonton.
The Edmonton Police Commission’s vision echoes that of the Edmonton Police Service: To make Edmonton the safest major city in Canada and for the Edmonton Police Service to be recognized as a leader in policing.
Given the unique roles, the Commission’s mission is different but complementary to that of the EPS: To increase public safety through independent governance and civilian oversight of the Edmonton Police Service.