100 former U.K. police officers on Calgary streets

Posted: October 13, 2009
Last Updated: October 13, 2009

More than 100 former British police officers have relocated to Calgary as a result of a campaign to lure them.

The two-year recruitment program by the Calgary Police Service was aimed at bringing British officers to the city on the promise of a better quality of life.

The program is no longer functioning, but officials said about 100 law enforcers relocated to Canada while it was in existence. About 30 more former British officers are still training to join the Calgary force.


Const. Jack Russell worked as a police officer in London for about decade.

"Friday or Saturday night it does get busy, but overall I find Calgary a very safe city," Russell said.

Russell worked in a specialized unit in Britain and knew he would be demoted to a constable when coming to Alberta, but he decided the transfer was worth it.

"For me it's good if my family wants to come downtown," he said. "I know they're going to be safe."