Our Protective Services department and our Community Peace Officers work 24/7 and are available 365 days a year.
Peace Officer Program
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 enforcement of all County of Stettler Bylaws. 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 Officers are responsible for the entire County of Stettler which consists of County roads as well as enforcement authorities on Provincial Highways 601, 835, 855, 850, 851, 853, 589 and 590, and jurisdiction on Highway 12 (within the boundaries of Erskine and Nevis). The County has three marked patrol units, as well as one ATV quad (which is also equipped with a light bar and Peace Officer markings which is primarily used in and around the lake area to ensure compliance with legislation).
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.
NOTE: Peace Officers are not authorized to investigate Criminal Code matters such as thefts, willful damages, etc.
Our 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 & 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
Enforcement of the regulations relating to the authorized use of marked fuel.
Gaming, Liquor & 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.
Road Use Agreements
The County of Stettler enters into road use agreements with companies that create heavy traffic loads with a potential to cause damage to the county roads during road ban season. The County of Stettler peace officers monitor these roads and ensure road use agreements are enforced to prevent problems that arise from dust and road damage.
A $50,000 security deposit must be in place prior to road use.
For more information regarding road use agreements, please contact the County Administration Office.
Road Bans & Overweight Permits
The preservation of the County of Stettler's road network is accomplished by the strict enforcement of road bans, issuing overweight routing and permits, and encouraging compliance by the road users.
The objective of these initiatives is to ensure our roadway infrastructure is maintained to the highest possible level in the most effective and efficient manner. This will allow for the safe and comfortable transportation of people and goods.
For all overweight permits and inquiries, contact RoaData Services at 888-830-7623.
It is the responsibility of the driver of the load to know, understand and abide by the Overweight Permit Conditions as set out by the County of Stettler and the Province of Alberta.