July 11, 2023
Twelve new Community Peace Officers received orders to serve residents with integrity and compassion at a special graduating ceremony at City Hall today.
The City’s newest recruits received their diplomas as graduates of the Community Peace Officer Induction Program, Class #40. Nine officers will join the Transit safety team, while two will support Animal Care and Control and one will be a part of Edmonton's Community Safety Team.
“I want to extend a warm welcome to those who are joining the Community Peace Officer workforce,” said Edmonton City Manager, Andre Corbould. “As Peace Officers they will play an essential role in ensuring Edmonton is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. Their varied backgrounds and experiences will help shape our work in this regard and reflect the incredible diversity of our great city as they interact with Edmontonians every day. I know these new recruits will fulfill their duties with great empathy and professionalism.”
The new Community Peace Officers received eight weeks of training regulated by the provincial Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Services. City of Edmonton Peace Officers are trained in Indigenous awareness, mental health awareness, de-escalation techniques and in how best to work with youth and Edmontonians experiencing homelessness.
In 2022, the City of Edmonton made the 30x30 pledge
to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in law enforcement in its Community Standards and Neighbourhoods Branch to at least 30 per cent by the year 2030. Two of the twelve new recruits in class #40 are women, and the City continues to promote inclusivity among its ranks to ensure its enforcement teams represent Edmonton’s diverse communities.
Peace Officers hail from various backgrounds and play a valuable role in keeping Edmonton safe, pleasant and enjoyable by protecting and enhancing community standards through enforcement and partnering with associations, schools, and not-for-profits to educate the public about city bylaws.