Measure Description

Police Strength measures the number of EPS police officers per 100,000 population. Staffing counts are based on the number of actual employed EPS staff from an annual May 15th snapshot, as provided to Statistics Canada as part of the annual Police Administrative Survey.

Ensuring that EPS staffing levels keep up with a growing population helps EPS meet increasing workload and its existing performance standards. There has been an ongoing trend for police services becoming more civilianized. These civilian positions provide support services that were previously completed by officers, thus reducing the need to hire more officers. Hence, statistics here also include a measure of the combined sworn and civilian staffing strength of EPS.

Municipal Policing Comparison

In 2018, EPS had the 6th highest Police Strength among the 25 largest policing jurisdictions in Canada. Policing personnel statistics are available for every Canadian policing jurisdiction via Statistics Canada annual Police Administration Survey. Source: Statistics Canada table 35-10-0077-01.

EPS Female Members

The EPS recognizes the importance of having an organization that reflects the diverse community it serves. Diversification is wide ranging, but includes qualities in its members such as ethnicity, gender, education, life experience, and languages spoken. Female representation within its police officer ranks is an important focus, which can be enhanced by identifying and eliminating gender barriers that occur in the application and hiring process, as well as occurring on-the-job. Information on Women in Policing at the EPS can be found here.

Source: Statistics Canada table 35-10-0077-01.