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. 

 General Program Information: peaceofficerinfo@gov.ab.ca

File a Complaint or Report an Incident: POProgram@gov.ab.ca

 Bulletins

Bulletin 20-2018 JSG TA Engagement SessionsNew12/10/2018
Bulletin 19-2018 Specialty Licence Plates11/20/2018
Bulletin 18-2018 Electronic Credentials for Motor Carriers Approved11/14/2018
Bulletin 17-2018 Alberta Courts Christmas Closure11/5/2018
Bulletin 16-2018 Cannabis Waste Management Update10/22/2018
Bulletin 16-2018 Cannabis Waste Management10/17/2018
Bulletin 15-2018 Cannabis Enforcement Authority10/5/2018
Bulletin 14-2018 CPOIP - APOIP Dates for 201910/5/2018
Bulletin 13-2018 ALGLA Name Change - Reminder10/1/2018
Bulletin 12-2018 Canada Post Mail Distruptions9/14/2018
Bulletin 11-2018 Fentanyl and Cannabis Symposium registration9/6/2018
Bulletin 10-2018 REVISED - Peace Officer Program Changes - Info Sessions8/30/2018
Bulletin 09-2018 Processing Third-Gender Marker Violation Tickets8/10/2018
Bulletin 07-2018 Peace Officer Program Changes - Lazenby Inquiry Outcome6/29/2018
Bulletin 08-2018 Warrant Reduction Survey6/29/2018
Bulletin 06-2018 ALGLA Name Change6/28/2018
Bulletin 05-2018 APOIP Dates4/25/2018
Bulletin 04-2018 Lazenby Fatality Inquiry Report3/21/2018
Bulletin 03-2018 CPOIP Dates2/6/2018
Bulletin 01-2018 Policy Change - Options for Red-Blue Light Systems1/30/2018

 Publications

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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 Forms

Resolving a Complaint Against a Peace Officer
Incident Report Form PS3535
Resolving a Complaint Against a Sheriff, Fish and Wildlife Officer or Transport Officer in Alberta
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 Common Questions