Lethbridge: An important resolution comes before the Alberta Association of Police
Governance meeting on Saturday.
Stakeholders from across the province are joining members of the Alberta
Association of Police Governance (AAPG) in Lethbridge Friday night and
Saturday. The AAPG is an association of police commissions and community
policing committees, which support excellence in civilian governance of police
services in the province.
Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security Frank Oberle was
the keynote speaker at the opening of the annual conference on Friday night. The
overall theme of the conference is "Governance Challenges for the Decade
Among Saturday's presentations and resolutions will be a look at potential
diminished funding for 911 calls.
Right now, 911 "land line" fees tacked onto your phone bill by service
providers are turned over to municipalities to offset Public Safety
Communication Centre costs. There are also 911 fees tacked onto cell phone
bills, however, those fees stay with phone service providers. A problem
situation is on the horizon, in the fact that the use of "land lines" are decreasing as
many more users turn strictly to cell phones. With fewer "land line" 911 fees
being collected there is no funding to compensate for that loss to sustain
Communication Centre costs.
Regional Police Inspector Jeff Cove says "A motion is being brought
forward at this meeting, asking that phone companies find a way to distribute
cell phone 911 fees to emergency service providers". Cove notes, " If those
phone fees are not returned to emergency providers, the needed funds may have
to come from the tax base".