Northern Alberta city of Grande Prairie expected to vote on a municipal police force

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — A municipality in northern Alberta is meeting today to discuss a proposed city police force that would replace the RCMP.

The Alberta government announced last month that it would give Grande Prairie $9.7 million if council were to vote in favour of establishing a city police force.

The total cost of the proposed police service is estimated to be $19 million.

The province has said it would help cover startup and transitional costs over two years.

The RCMP currently provides policing services to the city of about 64,000 people.

City council is expected to make a decision this afternoon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2023.

The Canadian Press