Peace Officers

A Public Security Peace Officer (PSPO) is a person who works to uphold and enforce certain laws and regulations in Alberta.  A PSPO is given limited powers and authority, under the current Alberta Peace Officer Act (May, 2007). They are not to be confused with Police Officers, who have a much wider range of authority.

Currently, there are over 3000 PSPOs in Alberta, working for some 284 different agencies, with Provincial Government offices being the largest employer.  All levels of government, as well as organizations such as public health authorities and post-secondary institutions may employ PSPOs.

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General has overall authority for the Public Security Peace Officer Program, as provided in the Peace Officer Act. A policy manual is available to help employers better understand their roles and responsibilities when applying for authorization and hiring these peace officers. 



BULLETIN - State of Emergency - 06-20165/6/2016
Bulletin - 05-2016 APOIP - Possible July 2016 Course4/27/2016
Bulletin - 04-2016 Alert for Dispatchers - AEs4/22/2016
Bulletin - 03-2016 CPOIP Additional Dates4/19/2016
Bulletin - 02-2016 April 2016 APOIP Cancelled3/29/2016
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Bulletin 14-2015 Request for CPIC Access8/28/2015
Bulletin 12-2015 SOCC Maintenance of Seized Vehicles and Driver Suspensions8/11/2015
Bulletin - 10-2015 Powers of Arrest6/19/2015
Bulletin - 11-2015 Body Worn Cameras6/15/2015
Bulletin - 08-2015 Commissioner for Oaths Wording for Part 2 Tickets5/13/2015
Bulletin - 07-2015 Warrant Entry Procedures4/15/2015
Bulletin - 05-2015 JOIN Operations Contact Changes2/20/2015
Bulletin - 04-2015 Return of CPIC Acknowledgement Form and Criminal Record Checks2/19/2015
Bulletin - 03-2015 Shotgun and Rifle Training and Recertification 20151/26/2015
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Government MLS Review of Special Constable Program
Presentation - Peace Officer Act Employer Training
Public Security Peace Officer Program - Policy and Procedure Manual
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2016 CPOIP Application Form
2016 APOIP Application Form
Instructions - How to Resolve Complaint Against a Sheriff - May.2007
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