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Independent firm hired to study Alberta police service

Last Updated Oct 8, 2020 at 6:13 am MST

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The Alberta government is moving forward with a study to look at a possible provincial police force.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been assigned to study the proposal, looking at operational requirements, processes and potential costs for creating the police service.

The topic was one of many brought forward during the United Conservative’s Fair Deal Panel which looked at ways to create more autonomy for Alberta.

“Through the Fair Deal Panel, Albertans who are policed by the RCMP told their government that they want a provincial police service,” said Justice Minister Kaycee Madu.

“Alberta’s government has an obligation to listen to those concerns and explore how a police force designed in Alberta, not Ottawa, would improve the safety and security of Albertans and their property. Alberta’s government must make an informed choice, and this report will bring us one step closer to the panel’s recommendation.”

The study is expected to cost around $2 million and should be completed with a report sent to the government by April 30, 2021.