On Tuesday, March 14, the City of Grande Prairie’s Public and Protective Services Committee reviewed the Police Commission Bylaw and recommended it proceed to the next stage in the approval process.
If passed at City Council, the bylaw establishes the requirements for an independent, arms-length police commission that would oversee the municipal police service in Grande Prairie.
“The proposed Police Commission Bylaw is the next step to increase local responsiveness and oversight on policing in Grande Prairie,” said Mayor Jackie Clayton. “A high-functioning police commission is an essential part of a successful local police service and council looks forward to discussing this further.”
As proposed, the bylaw enables a police commission with appointees that provide local, civilian oversight of the police service. 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
In addition, the proposed bylaw outlines the commission will be 5 to 12 members appointed by council resolution for up to a three-year term, with no more than 2 members from City Council or employees of the City of Grande Prairie.
A local police commission is required for municipal police services, as per the Alberta Police Act.
The Bylaw will now proceed to the March 20 Council meeting for review and approval.
For more information, please visit engage.cityofgp.com/municipalpolice.