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Alberta Provincial Police

The Alberta Provincial Police (APP) was a police force active in Alberta, Canada, between 1917 and 1932. In 1917, the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP) left Alberta due to a lack of sufficient resources in light of its increased responsibilities for national security during World War I.[1] It was replaced by the newly created APP, which existed until 1932, when it was eliminated as a cost-cutting measure during the Great Depression.[2] Today the RCMP's "K" Division is responsible for provincial policing in Alberta.


Known ranks on the force:

  • Commissioner
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Inspector
  • Detective
  • Sergeant
  • Constable



APP stations were known as barracks or detachments with about 100 when the force was created in 1917.[6]