The Edmonton Police Commission (Commission) is legally responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services within the City of Edmonton (City). When neighbouring jurisdictions request assistance and/or resources from the Edmonton Police Service (Service) the request must be consistent with the provisions of the Police Act and can only be performed to the extent possible without significant impact on the provision of policing services to the City.
Policing assistance: as referenced in this policy means a request to supply sworn officers from the Service to perform policing duties in another jurisdiction in response to an event or incident that exceeds 12 hours in length. This policy only applies to members authorized under section 38(2) of the Police Act to exercise authority as police officers throughout Alberta. The request can also include, but is not limited to, vehicles, radios, or other specialized police resources.
- The Chief of Police shall notify the Commission of any requests of the Service to provide policing assistance outside the municipal boundaries of the City.
- Approval must be received from the Commission prior to any agreement to provide any such services are entered into.
- Where there are exigent circumstances, the notification and approval process may be done verbally provided both are confirmed in writing as soon as reasonably practicable.
- Verbal notification shall be made to the Chair of the Commission, or their designate, who shall have the authority to give their approval on behalf of the Commission if deemed appropriate.
- Police Act, RSA 2000, c P-17