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Community Peace Officer Induction Program given green light in Lac La Biche County

Post Date:06/07/2021 3:11 PM

In February 2020, Lac La Biche County entered into a unique partnership with Portage College to provide a one-of-a-kind Law Enforcement Training Program for both brand new and current Community Peace Officers. 

Since August 2020, we have delivered continuing education and discussed expansions to the program with Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General. To date, our program has provided education and development to just under 150 current Peace Officers and other law enforcement officers. 

We are happy to announce that our Law Enforcement Training Program is now fully operational and taking a large stride forward this summer. 

As of this month, Lac La Biche County has been officially sanctioned to deliver the Community Peace Officer Induction Program. This unique course teaches the required physical skills and knowledge to allow candidates to obtain their Level 1 Community Peace Officer appointment. New officers will be trained in control tactics, traffic stop safety, arrest procedures, community-based problem solving, ethics, communication, speed measurement training, emergency vehicle operations, and much more. 

The training will be offered at the Portage College Lac La Biche campus from August 23 to October 22, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are limiting our class size to 12 candidates. Also, due to high demand, this class will only be open for persons who are currently employed by a municipality and waiting for Peace Officer training. 

However, our next Community Peace Officer Induction program will be held in January 2022 in Lac La Biche County. This course will reserve a certain number of seats for candidates who are not employed by a municipality and are wishing to enter this career path. 

We would like to thank our partners at Portage College and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General for helping us move this program forward. This is a crucial step to help protect our communities and keep Albertans safe. 

Registration opens later this week. Please refer to the Law Enforcement Training Program landing page for more details.