UAlberta community members call for end to police liaison officer program

March 17, 2021
Students, instructors, and community members at the University of Alberta have released an open letter calling for the end to UAlberta’s police liaison officer program. The letter argues that the program, which is a collaboration between Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and the University of Alberta Protective Services, does not increase student safety. UAlberta student Shima Robinson argued that “[t]he officialized relationship between the university and EPS is inconsistent with the claims the university has made to being an institution that uplifts the whole people.” “We will create ways to effectively engage with and hear from our community about how to achieve safety, support, and inclusivity,” said UAlberta Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers and Safety and Security Committee Chair James Allen in a joint statement. The Gateway Online (AB)