The Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) is an independent quasi-judicial body established under the Police Act (R.S.A. 2000, Chapter P-17).
The principal activity of the board is to hear appeals from both citizens and police officers separate and apart from the police service involved. The principal objective of the board is independent and impartial review. At the request of the minister, the board may also investigate any matter relating to policing. Individuals who can appeal are:
- a citizen
- a police officer
- a peace officer
Once the board has made a decision about an appeal, it is binding. The only further appeal that can be made is to the Court of Appeal and only if the board made a legal error in its decision (also called error of law).
The Law Enforcement Review Board is made up of members from the public, who are appointed by the lieutenant-governor. The members represent a broad range of experience in the community. The chair of the board must be an active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
The board’s membership is made up of the following:
- Ellen-Anne O’Donnell, chair
- Ahmed Ali
- Geeta Bharadia QC
- Christine S. Enns
- Victoria Foster
- Rosetta Khalideen
- Judy Kim-Meneen
- Damien Lachat
- Eugene Maeda
- Lise Zarb
Appeal hearing bulletins
Every month, the Law Enforcement Review Board releases a bulletin that lists the appeal hearings for the next month.
The Police Act provides the opportunity for a citizen to complain about the conduct of a police officer. The citizen must first file a complaint with the police service that employs the officer. The police service will then conduct an investigation to determine whether or not the conduct of the complained-about officer constitutes misconduct. The chief of police, or in the case of a hearing, the presiding officer, will issue a decision letter to the citizen advising them of the outcome of the investigation and their right to appeal to the Law Enforcement Review Board if they are not satisfied with the findings.
If either the citizen or the affected officer(s) disagrees with the conclusion of the chief of police, they may appeal the decision to the board. The board will hold a public hearing into the matter and issue a written decision.
Filing a notice of appeal
The citizen or the affected officer(s) have 30 days to appeal in writing to the board secretary. They must explain why the chief's decision was unreasonable, the date of the alleged conduct, the identification of the officer(s) (if known) and a description of the incident that gave rise to the complaint. Complete contact information must be included, so the board may contact them. The appeal can be submitted in person, by fax, mail or e-mail.
Process for an appeal
The board will notify the affected parties of the appeal, usually within 30 days. Prior to setting a hearing date the board will direct the chief of police to provide a copy of the information that was before him when he made his initial decision to the board and to the parties to the appeal. On average, appeals take six to 12 months to complete.
Use the LERB Appeal information sheet to learn:
- about LERB's role, mandate, and appeal process
- how to file an appeal
- how the appeal process works (includes the LERB Process Chart)
The Law Enforcement Review Board releases written reasons for all its decisions. These are provided to the appellant, the chief and affected officers prior to being published.
Law Enforcement Review Board decisions (2002 to present)
Categories of Police Misconduct (PDF, 11 KB)
LERB Appeal Information
2015-18 Strategic Direction
LERB Annual Reports (2015 to 2017)
Board Member Profiles (PDF, 652 KB)
Practice Direction - Appeal Record Production (January 2017)
LERB Appeal Policies Procedures (January 2017)
Media Release - Arkinstall Inquiry Report (PDF, 141 KB)
Arkinstall Inquiry Report:
- Arkinstall Inquiry Report - Oct. 1 2018 (Revised)
- Section 17 - Rules of Inquiry Procedure
- Section 17 - Direction re Viewing Inquiry Records
To connect with the Law Enforcement Review Board:
Law Enforcement Review Board
c/o Board Secretary
1502 Oxford Tower
10025 102 A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z2