The Association will protect the office of the Community Peace Officers and ensure a high level of competency. It will promote the use of Community Peace Officers across the province of Alberta. The AACPO will work collaboratively with Police and other Law Enforcement agencies to ensure a strong and positive working environment with the Solicitor General of Alberta. The AACPO will promote education and professionalism amongst its agency members. The AACPO will represent the concerns of the Membership to the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government.
The Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers (AACPO) represents over 110 municipalities and over 400 Community Peace Officers from across Alberta and beyond. Community Peace Officers work for local municipal governments providing provincial statute and Municipal Bylaw enforcement to the communities they serve. While these officers are employed by Municipal Governments, the officers are appointed as Peace Officers by the Alberta Solicitor General's Department. Many of our officers are active members within their community, who participate in programs such as DARE, Special Olympics, child car seat clinics, emergency management programming and any other priority their community engages them in. Our officers are First Responders who regularly provide assistance at motor vehicle collisions and other emergency situations within their municipality.
The AACPO was founded as the Alberta Special Constable Association in 1989. The association was formed to represent the interest of rural Special Constables in face of growing pressures to restrict Special Constable use. Originally formed by 8 Special Constable agencies, the association now represents more than 110 agencies including over 400 officers from Alberta, BC and the Northwest Territories. The AACPO now accepts memberships from any Peace Officer agency and represents a growing diversity in the Law Enforcement continuum of Alberta.