Overview

Peace officers help ensure our communities are safe and secure places where we can live, work and raise families. They perform a number of duties from enforcing various laws to providing security in public facilities.

Alberta government

These peace officers are employed by the Alberta government:

Other organizations

Community peace officers are employed by these organizations:

  • municipalities and counties
  • automated traffic enforcement programs
  • police services
  • hospitals
  • animal protection agencies
  • post-secondary institutions
  • Indigenous communities

Bulletins

See the latest peace officer bulletins for employers.

Appointment

Requests for peace officer appointments must be submitted by an authorized employer. Candidates for ‘peace officer’ status must meet these requirements:

  • employment with an authorized employer of peace officers
  • at least 18 years old
  • no criminal record or outstanding criminal charges
  • successful completion of required training
  • successful physical abilities test
  • education and experience:
    • 2-year diploma
      OR
    • equivalent education and experience – if employed by the Alberta government
      OR
    • minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent – for community peace officer positions

Careers

Peace officers are employed by the Alberta government and a variety of other organizations.

For positions with the Alberta government, visit Alberta Public Service jobs.

For positions with other organizations, contact them directly.

Training

As a peace officer recruit, you’ll need to complete approved training at the Justice and Solicitor General Training Academy in Edmonton.

If you worked or trained as a peace officer in another province, you must complete Alberta’s training for peace officer recruits to work long-term as one here.

As a recruit, you cannot enrol yourself in the Justice and Solicitor General Training Academy. Speak with your employer to arrange your training.

Schedule

The Justice and Solicitor General Training Academy in Edmonton delivers recruit training throughout the year. For more information, contact the academy:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-6598
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: training.academy@gov.ab.ca

Forms

Applications

Application for Authorization to Employ Peace Officers – Peace Officer Act (PDF, 204 KB)

Application for Authorization to Employ Peace Officers – For Non-Alberta Police Services (PDF, 198 KB)

Application for Peace Officer Appointment (PDF, 261 KB)

Consent for Disclosure for Applications (PDF, 1,261 KB)

Appointments

Oath of Office for Peace Officers (PDF, 157 KB)

Out of Province Peace Officer Application (PDF, 275 KB)

Peace Officer Acknowledgement of Restrictions Respecting the Handling of CPIC Materiel, Records and Information (PDF, 20 KB)

Request for Amendment to Authorization or Appointment (PDF, 99 KB)

Drivers

24 Hour Driver Suspension/Disqualification (PDF, 112 KB)

Incidents

Incident Report (PDF, 161 KB)

Out of province

Request for Temporary Expansion of Jurisdiction (PDF, 93 KB)

Training

Alberta Peace Officer Induction Program Enrollment (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Community Peace Officer Induction Program Enrollment (PDF, 192 KB)

Documents

Automated Traffic Enforcement Technology Guidelines

  • includes Appendix A – Automated Traffic Enforcement Monitoring Report: Monthly Statistics

Automated Traffic Enforcement: Training Guidelines

Public Security Peace Officer Program: CPIC policy

Public Security Peace Officer Program: Policy and Procedures Manual

Report and Recommendations: Special Constable Program

Contact

To connect with the Peace Officer Program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-638-3704
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4670
Email: peaceofficerinfo@gov.ab.ca

Complaints

If you have concerns about the actions or conduct of a peace officer, you can file a complaint against them. To do this, follow the instructions in the appropriate form: