October 26th, 2020

Police commission to discuss hiring new officers at city council CIC meeting

By Kalinowski, Tim on November 29, 2019.

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


The Lethbridge Police Commission will make a presentation regarding the potential hiring of eight new officers at next Monday’s Community Issues Committee meeting at city hall, and at city council’s regular meeting again on the following week.

Commission chair Peter Deys confirmed Wednesday evening during the monthly police commission meeting at city hall that he would be making the presentations on behalf of the finance committee.

The commission had asked LPS Chief of Police Scott Woods to prepare a response to a Lethbridge city council motion brought forth to explore the possibility of hiring eight additional “frontline” officers sponsored by Coun. Blaine Hyggen during the Oct. 28 regular meeting of city council.

Council has no authority to compel the police commission to do so as it is an arms-length body from city government, but had requested the commission look into it.

The police commission forwarded the city council request to Woods at last month’s public meeting and empowered him to explore any and all possibilities associated with the potential hiring of new officers or merely re-allocating manpower from within its existing ranks to fill that frontline position.

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