The Edmonton Police Commission is responsible to both the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta for exercising good governance of the Edmonton Police Service on behalf of the general public, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders.
Through the Police Act the Government of Alberta requires that the City establish a police commission, prescribe the rules governing its operations (Bylaw #14040), and appoint its members. The Act requires that the Commission oversee the Police Service and to that end, it is expected to:
1. allocate the funds that are provided by Council;
2. establish policies providing for efficient and effective policing;
3. issue instructions, as necessary, to the Chief of Police in respect of the policies; and,
4. ensure that sufficient persons are employed for the purpose of carrying out the functions of the Police Service.
Individual Commissioners are appointed by Council. As a Commission, they are responsible to Council as a corporate body within the parameters of the Police Act. The Commission may make assignments to an individual Commissioner, employee or member of a committee; however the Commission retains ultimate responsibility and accountability.
The Commission will account to Council and other key stakeholders through annual and periodic reports on the activities and finances of the Commission and of the Police Service, providing access to minutes of Board meetings (except in camera portions), receiving representations from and consulting with key stakeholders, and generally operating in an open and transparent manner.
1. Police Act, RSA 2000 Chapter P-17.
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