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Edmonton police chief sets up new community safety bureau

June 5, 2019  By Staff

“Edmonton’s police chief has launched a new community safety and well-being unit to reduce demand on service,’ reported the CBC earlier this year.

The bureau will focus on easing pressure on frontline officers and investigative services while diverting people from the justice system, Chief Dale McFee told the police commission back in the spring.

“We need a group that’s working upstream on community safety and well-being, taking stuff out of the system,” McFee said. “Police control all intake into the justice system. Nothing comes into the justice system without going through the hands of police. We need to sort intake better.”

The new unit is currently being led by Acting Deputy Chief David Veitch.

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