Policing oversight, complaints and standards

The delivery of effective police services requires more than basic operational policing. Under the Police Act, the Alberta government and other stakeholders must follow processes for these other parts of policing:

Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT)

This independent agency investigates issues involving police officers regarding:

  • incidents or complaints involving serious injury or death
  • matters of a serious or sensitive nature

Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch

This branch directs much of the police work that’s done in Alberta. For example, it:

  • manages the Provincial Police Service Agreement
  • manages the First Nations Policing Program
  • manages the Peace Officer Program
  • develops and reviews the standards and guidelines for police and policing oversight
  • supports and trains police commissions and RCMP policing committees
  • reports on serious and/or sensitive incidents involving a police officer
  • manages the complaint investigations of select peace officers and sheriffs
  • manages the Private Investigators and Security Services Program

To learn more, contact:

Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch
Public Security Division
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
10th Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 - 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7

Phone: 780-427-3457
Fax: 780-427-5916
Online: send an Alberta Connects message