ABOUT THE PROJECT

Feeling safe and secure is an essential part of a having a good quality of life. That’s why the Calgary Police Commission takes its role in hiring the next Chief Constable for the Calgary Police Service so seriously.

We are inviting citizens and our community partners to give us their thoughts about this important position.

We are committed to creating an accessible participation opportunity, considering diverse perspectives, and being open about the search process.

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

The Calgary Police Commission is searching for Calgary’s next Chief Constable and would like to hear from Calgarians.

Thank you to those who provided input. The survey is now closed. Please come back to this page later in November to find the report of what we heard.

*You must respond to all items in questions #1 and #3 to be able to submit your input.*


Part I: Policing Priorities

Through its engagement activities, the Commission has gathered important feedback from citizens, community groups, and CPS employees about the policing topics and priorities most important to them. Based on that feedback and an understanding of current policing trends in Calgary, we have identified five priorities for the next Chief Constable to focus on.

1. Tell us how important you feel these priorities are to the City over the next five years. Required
1 - very important
2 - somewhat important
3 - somewhat unimportant
4 - very unimportant
5 - not sure/don't know
1. Community Policing: Maintain a safe community based on a community policing model that involves building strong relationships between the community and police to prevent and reduce crime.
2. Professionalism: Officers demonstrate patience, respect, and a helpful approach when interacting with citizens, and use force appropriately.
3. Reliability: Maintain adequate staff and resources to meet the City’s needs as it grows and changes.
4. Safety + Wellness: Support public safety, and employee safety and wellness, by ensuring police have sufficient training, equipment, and policies to support them.
5. Modernization: Create and inspire a respectful, inclusive, and diverse workplace that reflects the composition and expectations of the community.
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2b. Tell us how important the priority you added will be in the next five years.
1 - very important
2 - somewhat important
3 - somewhat unimportant
4 - very unimportant
(the priority you added above)

Part II: Leadership Qualities

The Commission has also used community and employee feedback, and its experience overseeing the Calgary Police Service during a significant period of growth and transition to identify the leadership qualities that will be critical for the next Chief Constable to be successful.

We are looking for a leader who can help the Calgary Police Service effectively address trends including:

Increasing population: Calgary’s population is expected to grow by six per cent by 2022. Calgary is one of Canada’s youngest cities and is ranked third in the country when it comes to proportion of visible minorities. This growth means CPS will need to respond to increases in demand for services, must continue relationships with diverse communities, and reflect diversity within its own membership.

Crime becoming more complex: Calls for service are steadily increasing, as are drug crimes, domestic violence, child abuse and cyber-crime. New technologies and new laws result in more complex investigations and higher requirements for police officers preparing files for the justice system.

Social issues: Mental health and addiction challenges contribute to crime and disorder, and place a strain on policing resources. This means CPS must maintain strong partnerships with community agencies to address needs that go beyond the first response provided by frontline officers.

Economy: Like all tax-funded services, CPS faces pressure to hold or reduce its budget, while maintaining the same level of services.

Workplace wellness and modernization: CPS is navigating through a profound cultural change as it modernizes policing in response to expectations from the community and modern human resource practices. These reforms impact workplace morale as CPS works to update its policies, practices and overall culture.

Citizen Expectations: Citizens expect CPS to be transparent about decisions, accessible on social media, visible in the community, and accountable for each and every interaction, including uses of force. This means CPS must respond by ensuring the organization provides appropriate training, safety equipment, and citizen outreach.

For more information about trends impacting the Calgary Police Service in 2018, see the details in the image here or in the Document Library on this page.
3. Tell us how important you feel these qualities will be for a Chief to successfully lead the Calgary Police Service over the next five years. Required
1 - very important
2 - somewhat important
3 - somewhat unimportant
4 - very unimportant
5 - not sure/don't know
1. Dedicated to public service and accountable to community.
2. Collaborative with community partners and different communities.
3. Values diversity and inclusion within the Calgary Police Service.
4. Acts with high level of integrity, respect, fairness, and compassion.
5. Innovative and courageous.
6. Team-builder considerate of community and employee concerns.
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4b. Tell us how important the quality you added will be in the next five years.
1 - very important
2 - somewhat important
3 - somewhat unimportant
4 - very unimportant
(the quality you added above)

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

NEXT STEPS


The survey will be open until 11:00pm on October 29, 2018. After all input has been collected a report of What We Heard will be available here and on the Calgary Police Commission's website after November 19, 2018.