New protocols in effect due to COVID-19
Please note the following measures have taken place to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- Plexiglass has been installed on the counsel tables in the hearing room as well in front of the gallery
- There are only 9 available gallery chairs available for members of the public, this will be offered on a first come, first serve basis
- Masks are mandatory with the exception of counsel, testifying witnesses, subject officers and the Presiding Officer once they are seated behind the plexiglass at their tables
- Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are available in the hearing room
- No shared water jugs will be provided
Please find below the weekly Disciplinary Hearings schedule:
Disciplinary Hearings: Decisions
Copies of disciplinary decisions are available free of charge by contacting the FOIPP Coordinator, Laura Johnson. Each decision sets out to the fullest possible extent all relevant testimony of the witnesses and the cited officers. Please note that participants may be identified by random letters. To obtain available decisions from open hearings, please contact:
About Police Discipline
The Police Act imposes the responsibility for discipline in the Edmonton Police Service on the Chief of Police. The Act also sets out the path that complaints against police officers must follow:
a. The Chief of Police orders complaints to be investigated.
b. The facts uncovered during the investigation allow the Chief of Police to either uphold or dismiss complaints.
c. A decision to dismiss a complaint may be appealed to the Law Enforcement Review Board.
d. A decision to uphold a complaint may, depending on the seriousness of the disciplinary misconduct, lead to
i. an immediate Official Warning to the officer who was subject of the complaint, or
ii. a disciplinary hearing.
e. With very few exceptions, disciplinary hearings are open to the public. A Hearing Officer, Superintendent of the Edmonton Police Service, presides over them. He or she accepts all relevant evidence and submissions for and against the cited police officer, and then decides if the charge has been proven.
f. If the charge has been proven, the Act sets out a number of different penalties. There is no disciplinary consequence for a cited police officer if a charge has not been proven.
g. Complainants or cited officers may appeal decisions of the Hearing Officer to the Law Enforcement Review Board.
Any questions about accessing disciplinary hearing decisions should be directed to the EPS FOIPP Unit at (780) 421-3346.