To ensure the Lethbridge Police Service will respond to the needs of the citizens of the City of Lethbridge and create a safe environment
Responsibilities of the Police Commission:
The Lethbridge Police Commission is a statutory body created under the Alberta Police Act to oversee the Lethbridge Police Service. In accordance with the Police Act the Commission has the following responsibilities:
- Allocating funds provided by the City of Lethbridge in consultation with the Chief of Police
- Establishing policies that provide for efficient and effective policing
- Issuing instructions as necessary to the Chief in regard to policy
- Ensuring a sufficient level of personnel to carry out the functions of the Police Service
- Representing the interests and concerns of the public
The Commission meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers. Members of the public are welcome to attend. There are no meetings in July, August and December.
The Lethbridge Police Commission is responsible for appointing the Chief of Police and evaluating his or her performance. The Commission issues directions to the Lethbridge Regional Police Service through the Chief of Police, but the Chief is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Service.In addition, the Commission monitors the public complaints process which involves managing complaints regarding the Chief of Police and handling appeals with respect to the policies of or services provided by the Lethbridge Police Service.
The Lethbridge Police Commission is accountable to the Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security.
The Lethbridge Police Commission and Lethbridge Police Service keep a record of all commendations from the public. If you feel that a member of the Service is deserving of a compliment you are encouraged to share your experience.
Please provide as much information as possible such as the name of the officer, file number (if known), date of the interaction and a brief summary of what occurred. A compliment can be made via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mail: Lethbridge Police Commission 135 -1 Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1
The Police Commission is the civilian body which is empowered to oversee the complaints process, receive complaints against the Chief of Police and act as a the appeal body for complaints regarding the policies or services provided by the Lethbridge Police Service.
The Lethbridge Police Commission appoints a Public Complaints Director who is responsible for:
- Providing an independent review of the citizen complaint process
- Auditing Police Service files involving public complaints to ensure investigations are fair and thorough
- Reporting his or her findings directly to the Commission
- Receiving complaints from the public
Under the Alberta Police Act, the responsibility for the investigation of complaints against Police Service policies and services provided, as well as against specific police officers lies with the Chief of Police. The Lethbridge Police Commission does not have the authority to alter the Chief's decision regarding complaints about a police officer's actions. The Commission's role is to ensure the process is fair to all parties. Read more about making a complaint. The Public Complaints Director may be contacted directly by calling 403-308-6709.
Contact the Police Commission
Lee Cutforth, Chair Lethbridge Police Commission
Peter Deys, Public Complaints Director, 403-308-6709
Police Commission Agenda and Minutes
Mailing address: Lethbridge Police Commission 135 -1 Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1