Governance

Grande Prairie Police Commission

The Grande Prairie Police Service is overseen by the Grande Prairie Police Commission which exists to ensure Grande Prairie is a safe and vibrant city today and into the future.

Mission Statement

To ensure the Grande Prairie Police Service will respond to the needs of the citizens of the City of Grande Prairie to create and maintain a safe community.

Vision Statement

For the citizens of Grande Prairie to live in a safe community facilitated by a policing model that promotes community participation, establishes and maintains effective partnerships, and excels in police service delivery.

Values

  • To act at all times with Respect, Honesty and Integrity
  • To promote the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • To govern with Excellence and Commitment to the Community
  • To establish trust through Transparency, Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility
  • To form and maintain positive Cultural Connections within the Community

Police Commissions govern police services in the same way a board directs an organization. Required by the Alberta Police Act , Police Commissions provide civilian oversight and governance of police services, keeping the police service at arms-length from municipal councils. Locally, the Grande Prairie Police Commission is governed by the City of Grande Prairie's Police Commission Bylaw. 

The Police Commission is responsible for:

  • establishing policies for effective and efficient policing
  • appointing a Chief of Police and officers
  • designating a Public Complaint Director
  • allocate funds provided by Council
  • ensuring sufficient staffing

At their first Commission meeting, the Commission implemented a basic Policy and Procedure Manual to establish guidelines.  Over the next several months, the Policy and Governance Committee will be undertaking a process to amend the Policy and Procedure Manual, improving alignment with their vision for the new police service. 

Commissioners 

Officially established in May of 2023, public-appointee Commissioners participated in a rigorous application and selection process. This opportunity attracted over 70 applicants, testament to resident interest in this historic transition to the City of Grande Prairie’s own municipal police service.

As a result, the five public and two Councillor appointees to the Grande Prairie Police Commission are diverse and dynamic. With strong knowledge in law, indigenous advocacy, business, community affairs, non-profit work, finance, human resources, conflict resolution, and public safety, among other areas, it is expected that these appointees will serve the community with distinction while upholding the highest standards of accountability, transparency, and professionalism.

The current Police Commission was appointed on May 1, 2023, and includes:

Public Member Representatives 

  • Chair, Commissioner Dan Wong
  • Vice-Chair, Commissioner Natalie Reiman
  • Commissioner Lois Duke
  • Commissioner Timothy Burnham
  • Commissioner Donna Koch

City of Grande Prairie Representatives

  • Councillor Kevin O’Toole
  • Councillor Dylan Bressey

Government of Alberta Appointees

  • To be announced

Commission members are appointed for a three-year term, with a possibility of renewal to a maximum of 10 consecutive years. Up to two members may be City of Grande Prairie staff or Council members, two members are appointed by the Province of Alberta (to be announced), and the remaining positions are public members appointed by City Council.

The Commission is supported by their Executive Director, Lorrie Sitler. 

If you have any questions, or wish to contact the Commission, they can be reached via email or call 780-876-5305.

Commission Meetings

The Grande Prairie Police Commission meets monthly to conduct Commission business.  Meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month starting at 2:30 pm (except August). 

Members of the public have the opportunity to raise a question at the monthly meetings, whether with respect to an item on the agenda or to make a general inquiry. (Officer conduct complaints are not topics for this forum).  Anyone wishing to making an inquiry at, or give a presentation to, the Commission must contact the Executive Director, Lorrie Sitler, at email at least 7 days prior to the meeting date to receive information on the process. 

Meeting agendas will be posted on our calendar 5 days prior to the meeting date and minutes will be posted on the meeting date once they are approved.  To access meeting agendas and minutes please visit Here.