The purpose of this Policy is to ensure an open exchange of information between the Commission and the Edmonton Police Service when dealing with major policing events. This information exchange will provide the Commission with the information and details required to perform its statutory mandate, specifically that the Service:
- has the necessary policies in place to ensure efficient and effective policing;
- can properly fulfill its regular policing responsibilities during the event; and,
- has the necessary resources.
For the purposes of this policy, a major policing event is defined as a planned or unplanned event that:
- significantly taxes the Service’s ability to provide basic policing services to the citizens of Edmonton (e.g. ability to respond to emergency calls);
- requires a significant number of police members to assess and manage in excess of those ordinarily on duty (but does not include a Level 2 Incident as defined by EPS policy); or
- an organizationally significant or notable community event that has the potential of disrupting public peace, order or security in a significant way.
Examples of a major policing event may include, but are not limited to:
- civil disturbances;
- union conflicts and labour unrest;
- public demonstrations involving large or disorderly crowds;
- political meetings or protests in a public venue;
- an event requiring the participation of other police agencies outside of standing joint operations / work groups or routine enforcement activities;
- an event involving emerging local, provincial, national or international issues;
- natural and human disasters; and,
- an event that will likely require deployment of the Public Order Unit.
This policy also pertains to an event that meets the above criteria where Edmonton Police Service members are providing policing outside the boundaries of the City of Edmonton.
When the potential of a major event/issue is identified, the Chief of Police will notify the Commission at the earliest practical opportunity. Once notified, the Commission, in consultation with the Chief of Police, will establish ongoing reporting requirements pre and post event with respect to the following matters relevant to the type of event:
- the nature of the event (date, time, location, attendance, agencies involved);
- the Service’s proposed priorities and objectives;
- legislation, provincial policing standards and risk management considerations;
- funding of the policing requirements (budget, resourcing, MOUs, and agreements);
- command and control structure;
- significant special facility (i.e. detainee management) and equipment requirements;
- whether the Edmonton Police Service is taking planning or operational direction from another entity;
- contingency planning to ensure regular policing requirements are maintained in Edmonton; and,
- policy and training issues (development, implementation and compliance).
Where an exigent circumstance arises, in the planning of the event or as the event unfolds, the Chief of Police will notify the Chair or, in his/her absence, the Vice-Chair.
Through this consultation and review process, the Commission may provide recommendations to the Service, however the Chief of Police is free to accept or reject the Commission’s recommendations. The Chief of Police maintains the autonomy to develop and execute the appropriate operational plans.
September 17, 2015