Morinville – Community Police Officers (CPO) working in Morinville will now have a pecking order. Council gave final reading to a new bylaw that establishes the rank of sergeant and adds supervisory duties to the rank.
As a designated employer of CPOs, Morinville has the authority from the Alberta Solicitor General to establish ranks among its officers. The Town currently employs two full-time CPOs.
The new bylaw replaces one that dates back to 1994 that was now largely outdated document. The bylaw had first come before Council Aug. 28 but failed to get unanimous support to go to third and final reading the same evening.
The change in rank will not affect the 2012 budget and Administration has said the ranking designation will not affect future budgets. Any increases in Community Peace Officer Sergeant James Alaeddine’s salary would come through the regular performance assessment cycle as with any other employee.
Morinville’s CPOs are required to identify themselves as CPOs whenever they are dealing with the public.