City Begins Police Commission Recruitment

News Release
Public Notice

Community members dedicated to ensuring Grande Prairie is a safe and vibrant city today and into the future are invited to apply for the City of Grande Prairie’s Police Commission by April 18.

The Police Commission is an independent and arms-length oversight body for the Grande Prairie Municipal Police Service that will ensure professional and ethical policing in Grande Prairie.

“Recruitment of Police Commission members is a vital next step in setting the foundation for the Grande Prairie Police Service,” said Bob Nicolay, City Manager. “We know many community members care deeply about fostering a safe Grande Prairie and the City is eager to see applications from diverse and qualified backgrounds.”

The Police Commission is comprised of 7 to 12 members who 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 staff or council members of the City of Grande Prairie, two are appointed by the Province of Alberta, and the remaining positions are public members appointed by City Council.

City of Grande Prairie residency is a consideration but is not mandatory.

Applicants must be over the age of 18 and meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience and education in one or more of the following areas:
    • Financial and Business - understanding and experience with both operational and capital budgets and financial controls
    • Governance - knowledge and/or experience in governance within a large organization
    • Human Resources/Labour Relations - experience in a complex organization with a diverse workforce, preferably in a blended management and management-exempt setting
  • Understanding of public accountability and scrutiny in a political setting.
  • Training, education or experience enhancing knowledge and understanding of equity-seeking or marginalized groups
  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of equity, inclusion and diversity as it pertains to law enforcement.
  • Relevant lived experience and understanding of diverse and marginalized communities.
  • Knowledge, education, and experiences of working with Indigenous Peoples
  • Successful completion of enhanced security clearance and criminal records check

How to Apply

Community members meeting the qualifications for the Commission are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. Applications may be submitted through the City of Grande Prairie’s recruitment portal found at

The recruitment for members of the Grande Prairie Police Commission will stay open until suitable candidates are found.

About the Police Commission

The Commission was established on March 20 and is governed by the City of Grande Prairie’s Police Commission Bylaw.

A local police commission is required for municipal police services, as per the Alberta Police Act. The commission’s responsibilities include:

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

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