What do the Peace Officers do?
The County Peace Officers are committed to serving the residents of the County of Stettler by providing effective law enforcement along with protecting the County's interests including road infrastructure, parks/campgrounds, liability concerns and the . They receive and investigate complaints of alleged breaches of legislation, within their appointments, as time and resources allow and where possible, advise the complainant of the outcome of the investigation.
The Peace Officers operate under the authority of the Alberta Solicitor General to enforce the Traffic Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, Fuel Tax Act, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, etc.
Traffic Safety Act and Regulations
This Act and Regulations promotes safety on the province's highways, the definition of which includes any street, road, sidewalk or bridge that the public is ordinarily entitled or permitted to use.
- all moving (speeding, stop signs, etc.) and non-moving (equipment/documentation, etc.) violations that can result in fines and/or demerit points with respect to all drivers and vehicles.
- all commercial vehicle enforcement with respect to weights, equipment, cargo securement, documentation and the transportation of dangerous goods.
The Peace Officers:
- provide a level of traffic safety on local roads by enforcing traffic laws and regulations.
- monitor gravel hauls, rig moves and other heavy hauls ensuring that damage is not being caused to our roadways resulting in additional repair costs.
- review and approve, if applicable, all overweight and over-dimensional permit requests that require travel through the County.
- routinely check other oilfield traffic and all commercial vehicles, including farm vehicles, to ensure compliance with various laws and regulations.
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
This Act is the primary act in Alberta through which regulatory requirements for air, water, land and biodiversity are managed. The Act supports and promotes the protection, enhancement and wise use of the environment by designating proposed activities for which an approval or registration is required.
- deals with sections relating to littering or disposing of litter/waste on private or public lands or highways.
Fuel Tax Act
The Fuel Tax Act - enforcement of the regulations relating to the authorized use of marked fuel.
Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act
The Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act empowers the AGLC to administer provincial lotteries for the Government of Alberta and to control the manufacturing, sale, distribution, and consumption of liquor and cannabis.
- enforcement of sections relating to consuming/possession of liquor and/or cannabis in a vehicle or public place.
In addition to the above Provincial Statutes the Peace Officers are:
- designated as Dangerous Goods Inspectors under the Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods legislation and inspect oilfield related vehicles transporting dangerous products as well as participating in yearly dangerous goods checks with the local Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch.
- assist other enforcement agencies (R.C.M.P., Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch, Sheriffs) in any area outside of our normal jurisdiction by participating in a joint forces operation such as a seat belt check or other organized enforcement activity. Peace Officers are not authorized to investigate Criminal Code matters such as thefts, willful damages, etc.
- the Emergency Management Director and Deputy Directors for the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency (SREMA) consisting of the municipalities within the Town and County of Stettler. They are responsible for maintaining the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency's response plan for all participating municipalities, hosting meetings, providing required training and participating in/hosting emergency exercises.
- Members of and work closely with the Rural Crime Watch Committee operating within the County boundaries.