The Alberta government is moving ahead with a provincial police force study.
The province revealed today that PwC Canada will provide the government with an independent assessment of a possible transition to an Alberta provincial police service.
During the Fair Deal Panel’s consultations with Albertans last year, the government says Albertans expressed their frustrations with the RCMP, including the following concerns:
• The force is overly bureaucratic
• RCMP members have a limited connection to the province
• Members are unable or unwilling to confront activists
• Heavy-handed enforcement of gun laws
In response to the concerns, the panel recommended the Government of Alberta consider replacing the RCMP with a provincial police service.
The Alberta government supported the panel’s recommendation but committed to further analysis. The province says the police study will allow the government to make an informed decision as to whether a dedicated provincial police force is in the best interest of Albertans.
The study will consider operational requirements, processes, and potential costs for creating a provincial police service.
“Through the Fair Deal Panel, Albertans who are policed by the RCMP told their government that they want a provincial police service,” says Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kaycee Madu.
Minister Madu added, “Alberta’s government has an obligation to listen to those concerns and explore how a police force designed in Alberta – not Ottawa – would improve the safety and security of Albertans and their property. Alberta’s government must make an informed choice, and this report will bring us one step closer to the panel’s recommendation. After a federal throne speech that ignored nearly all the legitimate concerns of Albertans, this an important part of getting a fair deal for Alberta, while limiting Ottawa’s reach into the province.”
A request for proposal was used to hire a vendor to conduct the study, and the province has budgeted $2 million for the analysis. PwC Canada is expected to provide a final analysis to the government for its consideration by April 30, 2021.
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