Reallocation of Funding

About Reallocation of Funding

In 2020, in our commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, CPS confirmed that we would allocate funds to improve call response with the goal of better outcomes for citizens in crisis.

This was done through a financial reallocation of $8 million in 2021.

This funding aligns with the Community Safety Investment Framework, which guides investment in outcomes for Calgarians experiencing crisis, with the long-term goal to improve the well-being of Calgarians through an equitable and effective crisis response system.

Focus Area of Funding

CPS developed four focus areas to meet our commitment to reallocate funding:

Culture Change

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Improve Call Response


CPS Funding Allocation

External Funding Recipients Include:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • PACT – the Police and Crisis Team
  • MRT – Mobile Response Team
  • YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre
  • United Way/SORCe
  • Calgary Police Youth Foundation
  • Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
  • Calgary Youth Justice Society
  • Alpha House: HELP - Human-centered Engagement Liaison and Partnership
  • Distress Centre Calgary
  • Unison at Kerby Centre

Funding also includes CPS initiatives to undertake transformational culture change to address systemic racism, discrimination and marginalization and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

CPS Funding Allocation Budget

City of Calgary Funding Allocation

The Community Safety Investment Framework is a collaborative effort between The City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and community partners to connect and identify ways to improve support for Calgarians in crisis due to mental health concerns, addictions or other similar challenges.

Community Safety Investment Framework (CSIF) supports projects that improve wellbeing of Calgarians through an equitable and effective crisis response system.

Visit the City of Calgary CSIF for funding allocation information.

City of Calgary Themes

These projects are in direct response to the themes we heard through The City of Calgary’s public hearings and our own discussions with Diversity Advisory Boards, meetings with the community and CPS members:

Role of Police


Role of Police

What the police does and how, needs to be addressed:

  • Police are not the appropriate first response for all calls relating to mental health and addictions
  • Police resources should be reallocated to focus on community safety, social services, and violence interruption
  • Defund the police and reallocate funding to community agencies to allow police to focus on police work
  • Explore new models of policing that address the changing needs of society
  • Remove police officers from schools and replace them with mental health and social supports.

Protect the Public


Protect the public fairly and equitably

Police behaviours and actions towards BIMPOC must be open to public scrutiny:

  • Police conduct needs to have civilian oversight
  • Public complaints must be resolved quickly, and the outcomes must be transparent
  • Complaints and misconduct need to be reviewed by a third-party community member who has no affiliation or knowledge of policing practices
  • The consequences for racist actions, on and off duty by an officer, need to be greater
  • Continue use of body-worn cameras
  • Race-based data needs to be collected and shared
  • Evaluation of implicit bias and systemic racism and the efforts to get rid of them at CPS need to be ongoing
  • Calls to Action from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) need to be implemented to further develop the relationship that CPS has with the Indigenous community.

Community Engagement


Improve Community Engagement

Engaging with the community will ensure they are better served:

  • Citizen feedback needs to be encouraged and reflected in the actions that CPS takes
  • The role of Diversity Advisory Boards needs to be strengthened to utilize their expertise
  • Youth Advisory Councils should be established
  • CPS employees need to take part in community events to have better understanding and build relationships with those they serve
  • The community needs to know what diversity, equity and inclusion efforts CPS is taking
  • Educational opportunities should be offered for new Canadians to learn about the role of police
  • Citizens should be offered more opportunities to observe officers interacting with the community, e.g. ride-along program
  • The community should have more opportunity to have dialogue with CPS to build awareness, trust and confidence, as well as providing a safe opportunity to discuss concerns

Workforce Diversity


Increase Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion cannot be an afterthought:

  • Calgary’s police service needs to look like the community it serves
  • Diverse communities must be engaged in discussions about policing as a career
  • Data must be collected and shared about diversity in the workforce
  • Culturally appropriate supports must be available for BIMPOC/gender diverse employees
  • The voices of diverse employees need to be encouraged and listened to
  • Diversity and inclusion must be a part of day-to-day practices at CPS
  • Diversity Advisory Boards should be asked to assist with recruiting efforts

Accountability & Transparency


Improving Accountability & Transparency

In 2020 we made a commitment to ensure fair and equitable outcomes for all Calgarians. Police behaviors and actions towards Racialized communities must be open to public scrutiny. Here are some of the commitments we made to improve our accountability and transparency:

  • Work with The City to shift responsibility from law enforcement to social agencies to respond to people in crisis when appropriate
  • Continue improvements to the complaints process, including increased civilian oversight
  • Continue reconciliation work with the Indigenous Peoples of southern Alberta
  • Apply an anti-racism lens to our organization
  • Collect and sharing race-based information on street checks and ensuring random stops do not occur
  • Further review use of force policies, practices and culture
  • Commission an independent review of the School Resource Officer Program
  • Dedicate resources to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion work
  • • Develop a strategy to address racism and discrimination in our Service
  • Begin to collect and report more disaggregated race-based data
  • • Evaluate the Body Worn Camera Program
Learn more about our commitments and to see yearly reports.

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