ABOUT THE PROJECT
Modernizing non-emergency service delivery
This past year has shown us how truly adaptable we can be under extreme challenges. In an attempt to meet the needs of citizens in ways that would keep officers and the public safe, we expanded the use of online reporting, made more officers accessible by phone, introduced expanded accessibility for online police information check applications and the ability to pay for alarm bylaw permits online.
As we move through what we hope are the last stages of the pandemic, we want to take this opportunity to check in with you to help shape our future service delivery. Outside of emergency response, the vast majority of citizens connect with police for:
- Reports of minor vehicle collisions
- Property offences (e.g. break and enters, stolen vehicles, or car prowlings)
- Police Information Checks – background checks required for employment or volunteering
- Annual permits for residential or commercial alarm systems
- General inquiries for information
What we’d like to know
We want to know your thoughts and insights into how best you would like to access non-emergency police services. Our questions focus on three main areas:
- Reporting accessibility – what types of non-emergency events would you prefer to report online, over the phone or in person?
- Efficient use of resources – recognizing we must play our part in supporting the City of Calgary in its efficient use of resources, how would you like to see our resources utilized?
- Innovation – being a forward-thinking organization, how can we meet your needs not only today, but into the future?
How citizens currently access police services
For emergencies or crimes in progress, call 9-1-1. For all public safety matters and reports of crimes not in progress, call the non-emergency line 403-266-1234.
The Calgary Police Service currently has 10 community police stations that offer a variety of services such as non-emergency report taking like collisions reports, Police Information Checks (PICs), and general enquiries.
- District 1 – Ramsay
- District 1 – Chinook Centre Mall Community Station
- District 2 – Rosscarrock
- District 3 – North Haven
- District 4 – Franklin
- District 5 – Saddle Ridge
- District 6 – Fairview
- District 7 – Country Hills
- District 8 - Midnapore
- Calgary Police Service Headquarters - Westwinds
In addition to these locations, a number of services are offered to citizens online:
- Online reporting
- Theft (property, credit or debit cards, car-prowling, mail and package theft)
- Mischief to vehicle or property (vandalism)
- Lost property
- Attempted stolen vehicle
- Break and enter into unlocked premise, other than residential (sheds, detached garages, storage lockers)
- Police Information Checks
- Alarm bylaw payment online
- Traffic service requests
How we got here
In 2018, we received a request from City Council to undertake a Zero-based Review (ZBR). In response to this request, a Service Optimization Review was conducted with the support of external consultants. Community engagement was done to ensure citizen voices and diverse perspectives were included when discussing the future of service delivery.
This Review presented an opportunity for the CPS to ensure that we are able to sustainably provide service to the community into the future. The overall objectives for the Review were:
- Tangible improvements related to service outcomes, employee engagement, safety and partner relationships.
- Consider options and make recommendations for efficiencies, capacity building and improvements to service delivery.
The full report was delivered in the fall of 2020 and is available for download here. One of the key commitments in the report was the use of demand management strategies and alternative service delivery options to increase efficiency of patrol, while still ensuring the needs of the community are met. This key commitment was supported by the following recommendations:
- Implement additional avenues for public reporting of crime and response to calls that do not involve priority response with a patrol unit.
- Evaluate the current approach to call prioritization to ensure effective response to public calls for service and efficient management of patrol resources.
- Engage the community about budget constraints to understand the impacts of potential service delivery changes.