Policing disorder: Calgary Transit peace officers and the Alberta law enforcement framework

Authors

  • Brian Whitelaw,

  • Ron Smith,

  • Stephen Hansen


  • Brian Whitelaw is coordinator, Public Safety and Enforcement, Calgary Transit, and an inspector (retired) with the Calgary Police Service. Ron Smith is supervisor, Business and Marketing Research, Department of Recreation, City of Calgary. Stephen Hansen is manager, Safety and Security Division, Calgary Transit.

Abstract

An analysis of current trends suggests that the delivery of policing services in Canada is fundamentally shifting. In 2011, the Province of Alberta established the Law Enforcement Framework, which includes Calgary Transit peace officers who are responsible for the safety and security needs of transit customers and employees. This article examines the role of Calgary Transit peace officers and makes recommendations for their incorporation into a broader model of nodal governance in order to ensure that the Calgary Police Service maintains a legitimate, coordinating role for the provision of public safety in the City of Calgary.

Sommaire

Une analyse des tendances actuelles laisse entendre que la prestation des services de police au Canada est en train de se modifier fondamentalement. En 2011, la province de l'Alberta a établi le Law Enforcement Framework (cadre d'application de la loi), qui implique les agents de la paix de Calgary Transit à répondre aux besoins des clients et employés en matière de sûreté et de sécurité. Cette étude examine le rôle des agents de la paix de Calgary Transit et fait des recommandations pour qu'on les incorpore à un plus vaste modèle de gouvernance nodale afin que les services de police de Calgary continuent d'assurer un rôle légitime et de coordination, dans la prestation de la sécurité publique dans la ville de Calgary.

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