The Police and Community Engagement Program (PACE) is a major part of our Community Relations Section.
PACE was established in 2018 with the intent to engage and build relationships with Diverse, Indigenous and Emerging (Immigrant, Refugee, Temporary Foreign Worker) communities.
We have a full-time constable who coordinates 40 police officers, known as our PACE members, who are of various ranks throughout the organization. These officers are passionate about engaging with the community and do this work outside of their regular assigned duties. They have received in depth training on topics such as vulnerability and empathy, bias awareness, Indigenous historic trauma, and anti-racism theory.
The goals of the PACE program are:
- The EPS provides positive community engagement with culturally-diverse communities.
- Barriers to police and community interactions are reduced.
- Proactive policing efforts are increased.
- Community engagement is considered a core element of policing activity.
- Reporting of crime and victimization in culturally-diverse communities are increased.
Edmonton is our City- and Diversity is our strength. By working together with all of our partners, we can make a big impact on the safety and well being of our community. Real change happens when it is led by the community, and supported by the police and other service providers.
You will often see the PACE team at community events and presentations such as community bbqs, cultural celebrations and festivals, sporting events, as well as instructing Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINCs classes). They also attend community forums and intercultural dialogue sessions where they are able to actively listen to community concerns and collectively develop community driven solutions. The team has attended well over 100 community events in 2019. You can see what they are up to on their Instagram account, @EPS_PACE.
Events we can attend:
- Cultural events
- Presentations to newcomers to Canada
- Friendly sport competitions
- Town hall meetings
- Barbecues and picnics
- Crime prevention events
- Other community-based events
Would you like our community engagement officers to attend your event? Please send your request via e-mail to: PACE@edmontonpolice.ca at least 3 weeks prior to the event.