Our Commitment to Action

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Following the death of George Floyd, Edmonton City Council held public hearings to better understand how Edmontonians viewed police-community relationships. The response at the hearings highlighted the tenuous nature of police-community relationships in Edmonton, and that a segment of the Edmonton population has historically not felt seen, heard or protected by police. Overall the need for an equitable, restorative and on-going approach came to the forefront.

“Commitment to Action” is the Edmonton Police Service's plan to move forward. We are creating space for extensive engagement with communities - communities we haven’t always heard from or or truly listened to. At the same time we are creating space to listen, we also want to start working with the community to action and implement the necessary changes we hear are required. This is not simply just another consultation or listening campaign, we want to move into action and change immediately. That is our commitment.

Following the death of George Floyd, Edmonton City Council held public hearings to better understand how Edmontonians viewed police-community relationships. The response at the hearings highlighted the tenuous nature of police-community relationships in Edmonton, and that a segment of the Edmonton population has historically not felt seen, heard or protected by police. Overall the need for an equitable, restorative and on-going approach came to the forefront.

“Commitment to Action” is the Edmonton Police Service's plan to move forward. We are creating space for extensive engagement with communities - communities we haven’t always heard from or or truly listened to. At the same time we are creating space to listen, we also want to start working with the community to action and implement the necessary changes we hear are required. This is not simply just another consultation or listening campaign, we want to move into action and change immediately. That is our commitment.

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    Will you commit to ending the practice of tent slashing on encampments of people living rough— yes or no? The homeless population is largely indigenous and this is seen by me as an act of intentional racial violence. Not interested in hearing civic housing policy rhetoric. This is a police decision, and this requires a yes or no answer. Thank you.

    Dwayne asked 22 days ago

    When there are issues concerning public safety, EPS officers may be required to remove (not slash) tents. Police officers will work with the City of Edmonton and the occupants first to relocate, however there are times where removal must occur.  These public safety situations may include times where a tent is on or near a roadway, hazardous materials are found in or around the tent, or the tent has been confirmed abandoned. 

    Slashing tents is NOT an approved practice of the Edmonton Police Service . If  you are aware or witness any members of the EPS slashing tents, we encourage you to file a formal complaint. This can be done via our online form on our website for our Professional Standards Branch here: https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/Concerns.

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    Good afternoon, i am a proud member of Treaty 3 country, i would like to submit my resume for review. I feel this team is extremely important and that i can provide value to the team

    Merle Morrisseau asked 28 days ago
    Thank you so much for your willingness to be part of the team! Our Chiefs Community Council (CCC) will be taking applications starting in the new year. The CCC's mandate is to guide EPS as it implements recommendations that come come from the feedback and advice provided by community members.  

    In the mean time, we welcome you to provide your input through the tools available on this website. You can share a story or suggest ideas by clicking on the corresponding tabs. 

    We will make sure to post an update and send emails  when the CCC recruitment opens up. 

    Best, 

    -Yasin 

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    I would like to attend a listening session to share my experience as a black woman who lives on the south side. Do you plan to have any listening sessions in the Millwoods or south side? 2. If I share my story on line is their a feedback loop to indicate that it’s been received & acknowledged? Thank you

    Jiminez50 asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for reaching out. We are currently working to book listening sessions in all areas of the city, including sessions both South East and South West Edmonton. Please check back over the coming week for more sessions to be added!

    We also welcome you to share your story online. We are carefully reading and learning from every story shared with us. If you do share a story online, you will receive an email response to let you know we have received it. 

    We hope to see you at one of our South side sessions, but encourage you to share through whichever mechanism you feel most comfortable with.

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    I am really happy to see EPS, and specifically Chief McFee, engaging this head on. Thank you. I want to participate but do not want to take a space that should be for a community member directly impacted by negative policing. Is there away for me to listen but not attend?

    Siobhán Lane asked 29 days ago

    That's a great question- thanks for asking, and for your consideration of space. In an effort to create safe spaces where people feel comfortable to share, we will not be streaming the sessions. However, please continue to check back to this site, as we will regularly provide updates with what we are hearing from community, and what we are doing to begin implementing change. 

    There is also the option of hosting your own sessions, and we would be happy to assist or attend if invited! Alternatively, you can send the collected information back to us so we are aware of the themes, concerns, and solutions discussed.

    We welcome your input, so please feel free to put forward your thoughts and ideas through any of the mechanisms available. When we are analyzing feedback, we will be using an equitable approach to centre the voices of those most directly impacted.

    Thanks again for reaching out!