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Resolution 2-21S

Police Act Review

Date:
March 16, 2021
Expiry Date:
April 1, 2024
Active Status:
Active
Sponsors:
County of Lethbridge
District:
1 - Foothills-Little Bow
Year:
2021
Convention:
Spring
Category:
Community Services
Status:
Incomplete Information
Vote Results:
Carried
Preamble:

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta approved a new police funding model which requires urban municipalities with populations less than 5,000 and all rural municipalities to pay a portion of provincial policing costs; and

WHEREAS under the new police funding model, affected municipalities will contribute 10% of policing costs in 2020, 15% in 2021, 20% in 2022, 30% in 2023 and 30% in 2024; and

WHEREAS provincial policing costs represent a significant portion of the affected municipalities’ annual operating budgets; and

WHEREAS for municipalities that have not borne provincial policing funding model costs in the past, these additional costs will be a significant budget line item in 2021 and beyond; and

WHEREAS like any municipal contracted service, municipalities require accurate and detailed information from the service provider to ensure that their taxpayer dollars are being used in the most cost-effective manner; and

WHEREAS the increased costs of police funding, combined with other challenges currently facing municipalities, could have serious implications across the province and potentially threaten the viability of some municipalities; and

WHEREAS in 2020, the Government of Alberta undertook a review of the Police Act that involved little direct consultation with municipalities; and

WHEREAS changes to the Police Act could have further financial and service level impacts on municipalities;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta request the Government of Alberta to undertake further and direct consultation with rural municipalities on the proposed Police Act changes and the future of policing in Alberta.  

Member Background:

Lethbridge County, like other rural municipalities across the province, is concerned with the Government of Alberta’s decision to require rural municipalities to contribute significantly to policing costs with no indication that service levels will improve or local input into policing will increase. At the December 17, 2020 Lethbridge County Council meeting, Council discussed the Government of Alberta’s review of the Police Act. Consequently, the following motion was adopted by Council:

That a letter be sent to the RMA indicating Lethbridge County recommends that an RMA resolution requesting greater consultation with rural municipalities on proposed Police Act changes be adopted and sent to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, prior to any changes being made.

RMA Background:

1-20F: Police Funding Model Freeze

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) advocate to the Government of Alberta to freeze municipal contributions under the police funding model at no greater than 10% of the total policing costs under the Provincial Police Services Agreement (PPSA) until a corporate review of the PPSA and the overall organizational structure, efficiency and effectiveness of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) policing service has been completed and the review made available to all municipalities in Alberta; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that RMA advocate to the Government of Alberta that all monies collected from the police funding model remain in the Rural Municipalities of Alberta district from which they were collected.

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2-19F: Government of Alberta’s Police Costing Test Model

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta urge the Government of Alberta to engage in further consultation with municipalities on the police costing test model to examine options to meet the Government of Alberta’s goal of reducing policing costs without negatively impacting policing service delivery or municipal financial viability.

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Government Response:

Not yet received.

Development:

N/A

Provincial Ministries:
Justice and Solicitor General
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