Governance and Oversight

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.

Vision Statement

Leading the way in public safety.

We aspire to establish Grande Prairie Police Service as an innovative, best-practice public safety model contributing to a thriving Grande Prairie for everyone.

Mission Statement

To provide strategic direction, innovative leadership, and excellent oversight in shaping and sustaining the Grande Prairie Police Service through effective, efficient, and equitable governance, with a commitment to collaboration and engagement with our diverse and growing community.

Values

Respect

  • Dignity and compassion for all
  • Consideration and understanding

Integrity

  • Accountable, ethical, and transparent
  • Trustworthy, reliable, and honest

Community

  • Relationships and collaboration
  • Communication, diversity, and inclusion

Excellence

  • In leadership, training, innovation, and best practices
  • In governance and oversight

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. In November of 2023, the Minister of Public Security and Emergency Services appointed 2 Provincial members with equally impressive credentials.

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 Appointee

  • Commissioner Warren Travasso

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, 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 3:00 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 fill out this FORM or contact the Executive Director, Lorrie Sitler, at email or 780-876-5305 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date to be considered. 

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.

2024 Commission Meeting Schedule