The Ontario Association of Law Enforcement Planners, originally named the Ontario Police Forces Planning Association (OPFPA), formed in 1982. The Association is represented by both sworn and civilian members from approximately 30 law enforcement agencies across the Province. In 2010, OALEP became the largest Chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) in North America.
Membership in OALEP facilitates networking with other law enforcement professionals on topics of common interest. OALEP offers two business symposiums annually, in the spring and fall, hosted by law enforcement agencies across the province. The business symposiums provide an opportunity to learn from distinguished speakers and network with planners from across Ontario.
The Association is committed to four key objectives:
- To enhance professionalism in the spirit of continuous innovation in law enforcement planning.
- To act as a resource and information centre for the benefit of the membership.
- To foster and maintain a network of professional planners that will improve communication and collaboration between law enforcement and public safety agencies.
- To provide training and development opportunities for planning professionals in the public safety industry.
There are no paid OALEP positions, with all Executive Board positions filled by elected members that volunteer their time with endorsement from their respective agencies.