First of all I would like to welcome everyone to our new website. Please have a look through the website and let us know what your thoughts are. The new requirements are in effect for use of first and last name. Our website team has worked hard to bring us a new site that is up to date and functional and I would like to thank them as well for all their work.
The last few weeks have been busy with the Peace Officer Memorial and Fall Training taking place in Edmonton. Thank you to all the members who showed up to support both the memorial and the fall training. Thank you to Joel McDonald for putting together the Fall Training, it was yet again an excellent session and lessons were learned from new and old Officers alike.
We had scheduled a Fall AGM for Monday September 30th, 2013. There were a few issues to try and resolve before February’s Spring Conference. Unfortunately we were not able to meet quorum as only 19 of 99 Agencies were in attendance, which was below the necessary 1/3 or 33 Agencies. We were able to pass on some updates and information to the attending members but no voting was able to be done. Our membership is now at 99 Agencies and over 300 members and growing!
As a result of the Executive meeting I am pleased to announce the addition of two new interim members of your Executive Team. Acting as Interim Secretary is Victoria Bolton from the Town of Black Diamond, and acting as interim Central Zone Representative is Les Kolibaba from the City of Red Deer. Please welcome the new members and I look forward to working with them in the coming months.
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, your Executive Team is hard at work planning the 2014 Spring Conference which will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from February 17-21, 2014. The confrence will be held at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald and is a beautiful venue which will serve us well. The team is hard at work planning training sessions and we will have multiple Certificate courses this year as well as a list of new never before held sessions. The Regimental Banquet and Ball will be held on the Thursday Evening and will include a special keynote speaker as well as entertainment and dancing to follow the dinner.
I am and will continue to work with the Solicitor General’s Office, the Staff College and other stakeholders to promote, improve and solidify the roles of Community Peace Officer’s within the Province of Alberta.
As always, I am available for any questions or concerns and look forward to seeing everyone in the spring.
Have a safe and enjoyable Holidays
In your Service,