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The Edmonton Police Service
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is internationally recognized as one of the most progressive police organizations in North America. Employing over 1800 sworn members and 770 civilians, EPS provides the citizens of Edmonton with protection of life and property, preserves public peace, prevents and detects crime, regulates non-criminal conduct as required by law, and performs services incumbent upon police as a social and community agency. This is achieved through a Community Policing service delivery model. Community Policing is the delivery of effective and efficient policing services through a collaborative partnership with the citizens of Edmonton.
First assembled in 1892, EPS today is better trained, better educated and more diverse than at any other time in history. EPS was recognized as a Top Employer earlier this year by Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for best practices involving employee development and support programs, community involvement, and overall employment benefits. Proud to have an engaged workforce that is committed, motivated and efficient, EPS is characterized by an appropriate balance of:
Each year, the EPS identifies and undertakes initiatives to help realize goals outlined in its strategy. These goals include:
To increase public safety through excellence in the prevention, intervention and suppression of crime and disorder.
To make Edmonton the safest major city in Canada and for the Edmonton Police Service to be recognized as a leader in policing.
The Edmonton Police Commission
The roles of the Edmonton Police Commission and the EPS are different; however, they share a common vision of responsive community policing. The Edmonton Police Commission has four main functions: overseeing EPS, responding to citizens’ concerns on policing matters, helping to develop the annual policing plan and budget, and building positive relationships with community partners.
The Edmonton Police Commission is committed to making Edmonton a safe and vibrant city today and in the future. By working closely with the Chief of Police and the EPS, the Commission creates an essential balance between public accountability and police independence. The EPS is held responsible for its actions by reporting to the Commission, a non-political body appointed to represent the citizens of Edmonton.
Edmonton is changing, and these changes affect how our city must be policed. By connecting with the community at meetings and public forums, the Commission is able to respond to citizens’ expectations and concerns and take the necessary steps to build a safer community.
The Commission acts as the link between the EPS and the provincial and municipal government. While the Commission is appointed by and accountable to City Council, it remains an unbiased body whose primary responsibility is ensuring professional and ethical front-line policing to the citizens of Edmonton.
The Edmonton Police Commission’s vision echoes that of the Edmonton Police Service: To make Edmonton the safest major city in Canada and for the Edmonton Police Service to be recognized as a leader in policing.
Given the unique roles, the Commission’s mission is different but complementary to that of the EPS: To increase public safety through independent governance and civilian oversight of the Edmonton Police Service.
Job Title: Chief of Police
Reports to: Edmonton Police Commission
Direct Reports: Deputy Chiefs (3); Chief Administrative Officer; Chief of Staff; Executive Director Legal & Regulatory; Executive Director, Office of Strategy Management; Executive Assistant
Indirect Reports: 2500+
The Chief of Police leads the EPS to deliver on its vision to make Edmonton the safest major city in Canada and to be recognized as a leader in policing. The Chief also has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all components of the EPS, including an operating budget of almost $500 million.
However, preservation of public peace and crime prevention are table stakes. The Police Commission is seeking a candidate with the vision and values to build on the exceptional service already offered by the EPS and inspire the organization to achieve the next level of excellence. Reporting to the Commission, the Chief will shape the culture of EPS and ensure that as an organization they are transparent, collaborative, in alignment with the values of the community, respectful, nimble and diverse. The Chief will be strategically focused on emerging trends and best practice in order to support the relevancy of the EPS as the police force of the future.
As both ambassador and leader, the Chief is the public face of the EPS. As such, he or she will demonstrate excellence in navigating a complex multi-stakeholder environment and will use emotional intelligence and humility in support of developing personal relationships and trust within that stakeholder community. Focusing on what is best for the citizens of Edmonton, the Chief will utilize those relationship-building skills to bring disparate groups with varying opinions to the table for discussion. An active and transparent communicator, the Chief’s visibility should be high both within and outside of the EPS.
Recognizing that excellent policing happens when the community sees itself within their police service, and when the police service sees themselves within their community, the Chief will champion the continued and increased diversification of the EPS. Diversity in all forms, including diversity of ideas, will be a strategic priority for Edmonton’s Chief of Police. Additionally, a culture of respect for the role of every employee of EPS, both sworn and civilian, will be demonstrated daily by the Chief.
Finally, a strategic long-term focus will be a priority for the Chief. Policing is an ever-evolving area of expertise, and in response the Chief will be well-connected with thought leaders in the field, will be aware of emerging issues and best-practice, and will be forward-thinking and aware of how decisions today may be impactful in the future. The Chief, in concert with the Commission, will articulate a compelling vision for the EPS, and will support the vision with short and long-term strategic priorities and goals that will be understood and operationalized at all levels of the organization.
Opportunities and Challenges
FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
The successful candidate will have the following:
Competencies and Attributes:
An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.
In order to be considered, applications for the EPS Chief of Police should be emailed to email@example.com by 4:00 PM MST on August 15, 2018.