Proposed Intoxicated Persons Detention Act for the Province of Alberta

Resolution Year: 
2015

WHEREAS Police in the Province of Alberta have the lawful authority to deliver intoxicated persons to other facilities other than a police detention facility; and

WHEREAS Within the Province of Alberta there is no legislation in place that allows non law enforcement or community based agencies to detain publicly intoxicated persons against their will, and therefore persons brought to these facilities can leave on their own free will at any time; and

WHEREAS The introduction of legislation that will allow non-law enforcement or community based agencies to detain a person lawfully arrested for public intoxication will greatly assist police and greatly facilitate the treatment and care of casual, moderate and serial inebriants; and

WHEREAS The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police has supported a similar resolution.

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT The Alberta Association of Police Governance urge the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Justice to implement legislation that will empower non-law enforcement or community based agencies to hold persons publicly intoxicated for a period not to exceed 24 hours.

Response: 

Proposed Intoxicated Persons Detention Act for the Province of Alberta. The Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and its utility in Alberta are being examined. A working group has been meeting to discuss this proposed Act, and a concept paper outlining the issue and potential solutions is being developed. Members of the working group had the opportunity to visit Winnipeg and review the city's model.