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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton Airports today announced that the RCMP proposal for policing services at Edmonton International Airport has been accepted.

Effective April 1, the RCMP will be responsible for enforcing Transport Canada airport security regulations which include immediate responses to alarms from passenger screening checkpoints, provision of an explosive detection dog, equipment and dog handler, terminal building and ramp patrols, enforcement of the criminal code and provincial or federal legislation on airport property, assistance to Transport Canada in the enforcement of baggage and cargo security regulations, response to traffic accidents on airport property and any airside emergency situations, and other usual policing responsibilities.

The contract is for five years, with a renewable five year option.

“It became necessary to contract out this service when Transport Canada announced that federal funding for police and security services at Canadian international airports would be withdrawn,” said Raymond Off, Vice President of Operations for Edmonton Airports.

“We engaged in a competitive process to determine the most cost-effective means of providing these services. Both the RCMP and the Edmonton Police Services submitted excellent proposals. The RCMP proposal was accepted and we look forward to negotiating the details of that contract with a targeted effective date of April 1, 1997.”