Edmonton Police Refuses to Join Redford’s Security Detail

In an announcement made by The Edmonton Police Service, it has reviled to have declined an offer from Calgary police to join Premier Alison Redford’s security detail, asserting that the force has “full confidence” in Alberta sheriffs tasked with the job.

Premier Redford currently has a security detail since early 2013 that includes a team of Calgary Police Service officers and Alberta sheriffs. However, the arrangement exists only in Calgary, with Edmonton police and the RCMP disclosing on Thursday they do not provide security for Redford anywhere else in the province. According to Calgary police, it began providing assistance in early 2013, after the premier’s office requested local police to look after her security arrangements in and around the city.

According to a written statement issued by the Edmonton Police Service, it confirmed to have been contacted by Calgary police to work for the premier. However, the agency stated that “the request was not related to any specific event; instead, it was a general inquiry regarding our participation in a full-time security detail for the premier.” In response to which, Edmonton Police replied that their “participation in the premier’s full-time security detail was not within our current mandate, and would have a resource impact.”  It straightforwardly alleged to have no interest in assuming responsibility for the premier’s protection in the capital, and added that “we have full confidence in her security detail and work closely with Alberta sheriffs in a number of areas.”

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