The Alberta Sheriffs and Security Operations Branch plays an integral role in promoting safe and secure communities throughout the province.
Sheriffs are sworn peace officers under the Alberta Peace Officer Act, and they perform a wide range of activities in concert with other law enforcement and policing partners in Alberta.
The branch is structured along five business lines:
Court Security and Prisoner Transport Services (CSPT)
This is the branch’s largest section and core mandate. From two primary hubs in Calgary (Calgary Courts Centre) and Edmonton (Edmonton Law Courts), CSPT sheriffs and employees provide court security and prisoner escort services for court facilities across the province, as well as perimeter screening services to base court facilities.
CSPT sheriffs also collect DNA samples under court order from out-of-custody persons, and perform out-of-province escorts of prisoners to and from Alberta. CSPT sheriffs also assist provincial and municipal police agencies with public order and special events in their jurisdictions.
Operations and Protection Services
The second largest section within the branch is made up of these units:
- Legislature and Government Center Security (LGCS) – provides 24-hour security at the Legislature and Government Centre grounds in Edmonton and at the McDougall Center in Calgary. LGCS provides security services to other key Alberta government buildings; it also provides specialized security consultation and audit services to Alberta government ministries.
- Sheriffs Operational Communications Center (SOCC) – provides provincial radio communications and dispatch for sheriffs, and is the branch’s central hub for Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) data transfer
- Executive Protection Unit (EPU) – provides close personal protection and security to the Premier, members of cabinet and visiting dignitaries, and the Lieutenant Governor
- Traffic Sheriff Operations – in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in an integrated team model, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs perform traffic law enforcement duties, in addition to education and awareness initiatives. These sheriffs are deployed to reduce high-risk driving behavior, improve traffic enforcement on our highways, and to reduce the incidence of injury and fatality collisions.
- Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team (ASSIST) – manages security information and intelligence; develops threat assessments; and provides a conduit for the flow of information between Alberta government ministries, law enforcement, national security agencies and the private sector in regards to Alberta's critical infrastructure
- Energy Security Unit (ESU) – provides security services to and for all levels of government officials in regards to energy and utilities in Alberta; and, in concert with ASSIST, facilitates the flow of information and intelligence to the energy and utilities sector
- Technical Security Unit (TSU) – coordinates and installs security alarms, cameras and locks for Alberta government ministries; and facilitates the operational radio system for sheriffs
Sheriffs Investigative Support Services
Alberta sheriffs and employees are seconded and integrated with the RCMP and several municipal policing partners within the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) model, performing duties in either of these units:
- Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Unit (SCAN) – improves community safety by performing investigations under the SCAN Act, targeting properties used for illegal activities such as drugs, gangs and prostitution. The SCAN Act holds owners accountable for what takes place on their property.
- Sheriffs Investigative Support Unit (SISU) – provides investigative support to police agencies for major and organized crime investigations within Alberta
Corporate Security Services (CSS)
They officially joined the branch in June 2014. In addition to managing internal and external threats to Justice and Solicitor General ministry employees, property and facilities, CSS has these roles and responsibilities:
- lead the development of a strategic framework, with supporting policies and processes, that will ensure a comprehensive and consistent level of security for ministry staff
- identify emerging security issues and risks as they relate to staff, and ensure the ministry is well-positioned to respond
- identify and coordinate multiple resources to respond to or mitigate threats to employees
- deliver security information and training for all employees
- enable security communications across multiple stakeholder groups
- manage complex clients who may potentially impact the ministry
CSS is comprised of these additional personnel:
- Corporate Security Manager – Alberta Crown Prosecution Service
- Corporate Security Advisor
- Security Clearance Coordinator
The branch head office is staffed by these personnel:
- Executive Director / Chief Sheriff
- Director / Deputy Chief Sheriff – Court Security and Prisoner Transport Services
- Director / Deputy Chief Sheriff – Operations and Protection Services
- Director / Deputy Chief Sheriff – Sheriff Investigative Support Services (ALERT)
- Director – Corporate Security Services
- Budget Officer
- Manager / Inspector – Operational Support Services
- Coordinator / Sergeant – Operational Support Services
- Executive Assistant to the Chief Sheriff
If you have questions about the branch or its sheriffs, contact:
Alberta Sheriffs and Security Operations Branch
780-422-3500 (main reception)