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Alberta’s Inspection Service gains law enforcement accreditation

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Alberta Transportation's Inspection Services branch has joined a select few in achieving law enf...

EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta Transportation’s Inspection Services branch has joined a select few in achieving law enforcement accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) granted accreditation after completing an on-site assessment of Inspection Services in August. At that time, CALEA called upon truckers to submit comments on Inspection Services’ work.

In Canada, only six other agencies have been accredited, including police forces in Lethbridge, Camrose, Winnipeg, Peel Regional, Niagara and Niagara Parks Police.

“Inspection Services is the first province-wide agency to earn accredited status in Canada,” says Alberta’s Transportation Minister, Ed Stelmach. “This enforcement accreditation is a highly-prized professional distinction that will promote the department’s reputation as a leader amongst its peers and provincial enforcement agencies across Canada.”

Steve Callahan, executive director of Inspection Services, says “We are not a police agency, nor are we trying to be. Law enforcement accreditation is a highly prized professional distinction which demonstrates that Inspection Services is committed to operating in line with modern best-practices in support of its goal of improving safety.”

Accreditation will last for three years, at which time there will be an on-site review before the department is re-certified.

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