March 13, 2024

Edmonton, AB – The following statement is from NPF President Brian Sauvé regarding the Government of Alberta’s announcement on the Public Safety Statutes Amendment Act, 2024.  

“We are deeply concerned and perplexed about the announcement made today by the Government of Alberta to introduce new legislation laying the groundwork for a new independent police agency. Alberta has significant policing infrastructure in place through the Alberta RCMP, yet the Government has not increased funding for our Members to keep pace with population growth and evolving crime in the province.  

Albertans proudly support the Alberta RCMP, with successive waves of public opinion research showing that 4 out of 5 Albertan’s in RCMP-served communities are satisfied with their policing services.  

Proposed changes to policing in Alberta have been deeply unpopular with Alberta residents and today’s announcement appears to be yet another attempt to force an unwanted and expensive policing change on taxpayers.  

For several years, our Members in Alberta have been caught in the middle of a highly politicized debate on policing. Rather than legislation, bureaucracy and more government spending to explore alternative policing services, it’s time to invest in the highly trained, professional provincial policing service accountable to Albertans: the Alberta RCMP.”  

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The National Police Federation (NPF) represents ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally. We are the largest police union in Canada. The NPF is focused on improving public safety for all Canadians, including our Members by advocating for much-needed investment in the public safety continuum. This includes investments in police resourcing and modern equipment, as well as social programs including health, addiction, and housing supports to enhance safety and livability in the many communities we serve, large and small, across Canada. 

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