The Edmonton Police Commission (Commission) recognizes that there is a significant public responsibility in providing governance and oversight over the Edmonton Police Service (Service) and acknowledge that member contribution can be greatly enhanced by the delivery of an orientation and training program.


  1. All newly appointed Commission members will take an Oath of Office and sign the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest guidelines.
  2. All new Commission members will participate in orientation sessions regarding their roles and responsibilities as soon as practicable upon appointment.
  3. Orientation sessions will be delivered by Commission staff, members of the Service, members of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and/or any other agency that can assist Commission members in fulfilling their responsibilities to the Commission.
  4. The Service will provide an operational orientation to new Commissioners, including are view of key aspects of its priorities, operational areas, structure, authority and human resources.
  5. It is the responsibility of each Commission member to familiarize themselves with the contents of the Commission’s Policy and Procedure Manual and to abide by the guidelines contained therein.
  6. New Commissioners may ask the Chair to assign an existing Commissioner as a mentor to provide ongoing support with orientation regarding the operation of the Commission and background information on the Commission and Service.
  7. Commission orientation and training is an ongoing process and will continue throughout the term of membership.


  1. New Commission members will be given an orientation binder containing the following:
    1. Alberta Police Act,
    2. Alberta Police Service Regulation,
    3. Edmonton Police Commission Bylaw
    4. Commission’s Policy and Procedure Manual,
    5. Meeting procedures and schedules,
    6. Commission office procedures,
    7. List of Mayor, Councillors and Chief’s Committee,
    8. Other resources as appropriate.
  2. New Commission members will also be given an overview of the following:
    1. Police governance and oversight in Alberta, including Commissioner roles and responsibilities,
    2. Commission’s current strategic plan,
    3. Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and how it applies to the Commission, as well as other pertinent legislation,
    4. An overview of the public complaint process,
    5. Other topics as appropriate.