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Regional Enforcement Services

The goal of Regional Enforcement Services is to make the Municipal District of Taber a safer, peaceful, and economically sustainable community. The Community Peace Officer (CPO) is responsible for investigating complaints as well as the enforcement of municipal bylaws and provincial statutes and can be a great resource for any bylaw questions or concerns. The Peace Officer enhances public safety on municipal roadways by working with the RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs to enforce the Traffic Safety Act.

Through regular patrols of the region, the Peace Officer also helps to prevent theft and damage to property in residential areas and works a variety of shifts to respond to complaints. The Peace Officer plays a leading role in the protection of municipal infrastructure through restricting overweight and oversize commercial vehicles, patrolling parks and recreation areas, and responding to "on the spot" bylaw enforcement needs. The Peace Officer carries a laptop computer in their vehicle to receive complaints, check licences, and access information; and are trained in conflict resolution and mediation to better assist with neighbourhood issues.

View the complete list of Municipal District of Taber bylaws here.

The role of the Community Peace Officer

  • Enhances public safety on municipal roadways by enforcing the Traffic Safety Act
  • Protect roadways and infrastructure by restricting overweight and oversize commercial vehicles
  • Partner with residents and communities to resolve issues through education and enforcement to achieve bylaw compliance
  • Investigate bylaw-related complaints
  • Collaborate with internal and external agencies and residents
  • Animal care and control

Contact Regional Enforcement Services at 403-223-4784
cpo@mdtaber.ab.ca
Or submit a complaint via Service Tracker available 24/7

After-hour complaints (urgent or non-urgent), call the RCMP Complaint Line at 403-223-4446

In the event of a FIRE, POLICE, MEDICAL or other emergency requiring immediate assistance: DIAL 911.


The Community Peace Officer is appointed by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s Office. The Peace Officer is required to meet and maintain a high standard of qualifications and certification, which ensures the effective and professional delivery of enforcement services to the residents of the municipality. The Peace Officer is a fully trained first responder in Emergency Management and Incident Command Systems (ICS). The patrol vehicle is equipped with an automatic electronic defibrillator, medical kit and equipment and will often participate in search and rescue missions.

Jurisdiction:

The Peace Officer may respond to complaints or requests for service in the following locations:

  • All local roads within the Municipal District of Taber
  • All primary highways within the Municipal District of Taber
  • Hamlets: Enchant, Hays, Grassy Lake
  • Village of Barnwell

Traffic Enforcement:

The Peace Officer is authorized to conduct enforcement of provincial statutes as authorized by the Alberta Solicitor General's Department. Traffic enforcement is provided pursuant to the provisions contained within the Traffic Safety Act and associated Regulations, with a particular focus on offences including, but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Stop signs
  • Occupant restraints
  • Careless/ erratic driving
  • Commercial vehicle weight and dimension violations
  • Passing school buses with red lights flashing
  • Parking
  • Equipment violations

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement:

The Peace Officer provide enforcement services relating to the movement of commercial vehicles within the municipality specifically relating to:

Weights and Dimensions

  • Each patrol vehicle is equipped with portable scales
  • Road ban enforcement is a priority for the Peace Officer, particularly during spring road ban season

Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections (CVSA)

  • The Peace Officer is a certified CVSA inspector and completes numerous safety inspections on a wide variety of commercial vehicles each year in an effort to increase public safety for all users of the roads. Additionally, the Peace Officer is designated as On Highway Inspectors to assist with enforcing Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling legislation

Other Provincial Statute Enforcement:

The Peace Officer also responds to and can investigate complaints involving the following:

  • Gaming and Liquor Act (ie: Open liquor, public intoxication)
  • Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (ie: Littering, dumping of garbage complaints)
  • Trespass to Premises Act
  • Off-Highway Vehicles
  • Animal Protection Act (ie: abandoned or in distress animals)
  • Highways Development and Protection Act (ie: protecting the physical integrity of Alberta’s highway network)
  • Log Books
  • Fuel Tax Act
  • Public Lands Act

If you have a bylaw complaint or have witnessed or know of a bylaw infraction, you can make your complaint by contacting Regional Enforcement Services at 403-223-4784. Please note the Peace Officer is not available 24/7 and works at various times. The Peace Officer will get back to you as soon as they are available. You can also submit a complaint via Service Tracker available 24/7.

Registering a Complaint

  • When you make the complaint, the Peace Officer will ask you your full name and address, and a phone number where they can reach you at home, at work and/or on your cell. (This information is kept confidential in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.) Anonymous complaints will not be accepted due to the degree of difficulty in investigating, completing or proceeding with enforcement if required.
  • When providing the incident details, describe:
    • the situation you wish to report. Provide the names of all involved (if known), date(s), day(s) of the week, month, year and time(s) the event or activity occurred.
    • the address or location where the event occurred
    • what you saw or heard, providing as much detail as you can to describe the matter you are reporting. For example, if you are reporting a barking dog, we will ask you to start a log to record dates and times, and to identify the dog.
    • the action you wish taken
  • The Peace Officer assigned to your complaint will take action based on your wishes in concert with the evidence available. Insufficient evidence would result in no prosecution. In such instances, a warning may be issued.
  • Complaints are responded to on a priority basis. Response time will depend on the availability of the Peace Officer at the time of the call, and the priority of your complaint compared with other calls received by the unit.
  • If your complaint is not urgent, we may ask for your assistance. For example, if you have found a stray dog and a Peace Officer is not available, we may ask if you will:
    • keep the dog until the Peace Officer is available
    • take the dog to the Humane Society yourself
  • During the course of an investigation, you may be asked to provide a written statement of what you observed. You may also be asked if you would be willing to testify in court. Your testimony would be essential if you want to have a charge laid where a Peace Officer has not personally witnessed the infraction. If you are not willing to provide a statement or testify in court, a charge will not be laid. In these cases, a warning to the offender(s) is a normal course of action.

Enforcement Process

  • The enforcement procedure depends on the type of infraction; however, the following outlines the general process.
    • The Peace Officer assigned to your complaint will take action based on your wishes in concert with the evidence available. Insufficient evidence would result in no prosecution. In such instances, a warning may be issued.
    • Your complaint along with all the information you provide will be kept on file and assigned to a Peace Officer, who will keep the complaint file open until the matter is resolved.
    • During the course of an investigation, you may be asked to provide a written statement of what you observed. You may also be asked if you would be willing to testify in court. Your testimony would be essential if you want to have a charge laid where a Peace Officer has not personally witnessed the infraction. If you are not willing to provide a statement or testify in court, a charge will not be laid. In these cases, a warning to the offender(s) is a normal course of action.
    • In some situations, if it has been determined that a bylaw has been violated, the subject is given the option of voluntary compliance. Should that not resolve the issue, the case may be presented to a court of law.
  • The complaint, along with all the information provided, will be kept on file and assigned to the Peace Officer, who will keep the complaint file open until the matter is resolved.

Complaint Follow-Up

  • At the conclusion of an investigation, the Peace Officer will contact you to let you know what action was taken and the final outcome.

The Municipal District of Taber strives to provide safe and reliable roads by proactively applying appropriate engineering, education, enforcement, and evaluation practices.

The Peace Officer is authorized to conduct enforcement of provincial statutes as authorized by the Alberta Solicitor General's Department. Traffic enforcement is provided pursuant to the provisions contained within the Traffic Safety Act and associated regulations, with a particular focus on offences including, but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Stop signs
  • Occupant restraints
  • Careless/ erratic driving
  • Commercial vehicle weight and dimension violations
  • Passing school buses with red lights flashing
  • Parking
  • Equipment violations

In addition, the Municipal District of Taber enforces road bans to improve safety and protect the integrity of the road infrastructure.

Fire bans and advisories restrict burning for the safety of residents and the community. Depending on weather and environmental conditions, the Municipal District of Taber may issue a fire advisory or a stricter fire ban.

When no fire ban or fire advisory is in place, fire permits can be applied for, and burning with the appropriate permitting can resume. Please remember to always use caution when dealing with fire.

If the fire hazard is high, the Municipal District of Taber may impose a fire ban which automatically cancels all issued fire permits. You can find out when a fire ban or advisory has been declared through the Alberta Fire Bans website, and this website.

Any person who ignites, fuels, supervises, maintains or permits an outdoor fire within the municipal boundaries during a fire ban is subject to fines under the Municipal District of Taber Fire Services Bylaw No. 1956. To report an illegal burn during a fire ban, call the Regional Enforcement Services office at 403-223-4784 or call 9-1-1.

If you find a stray dog please contact the Peace Officer during regular business hours at the number provided below.

Stray dogs will only be accepted during business hours. Dogs found after these hours must be held until the next business day.

If you are missing a dog you can check the MD of Taber Regional Community Peace Officer Program Facebook page to see any recently found dogs. When the owner of the dog is found the posting on Facebook is updated to indicate so.

Dog Control Regulations

The Dog Regulation and Control Bylaw has been developed for public safety, the needs and enjoyment of dog owners, the needs and enjoyment of non-dog owners and effective bylaw enforcement. Please refer to the Municipal District of Taber Dog Control and Regulation Bylaw No. 1645 for more information.

Animal Control Complaint Lines

FOR EMERGENCIES  
WHERE YOUR SAFETY OR THE SAFETY OF ANOTHER IS IN JEOPARDY CALL 9-1-1

The Municipal District of Taber is policed by the Taber RCMP detachment. The RCMP is responsible for keeping the peace, preventing crimes and investigating crimes already committed.

The RCMP responds to non-emergencies, such as:

  • Criminal activity
  • Stolen property
  • Traffic infractions/ inquiry
  • Crime investigation

After-hour complaints (urgent or non-urgent), call the RCMP Complaint Line at 403-223-4446

In the event of a FIRE, POLICE, MEDICAL or other emergency requiring immediate assistance: DIAL 911.


Other services provided by the RCMP include:

  • Criminal records checks
  • Fingerprint services
  • Insurance letters and criminal reports
  • Certifying true copies
  • Victim assistance

RCMP Crime Map

An interactive map updated by the RCMP showing incidents of criminal activity within the Municipal District of Taber.


Difference between a Community Peace Officer and an RCMP Officer

While the Peace Officer enforces some of the same Provincial Regulations as the RCMP (ie. Traffic Safety Act), their roles and responsibilities are not the same. The Peace Officer is not a 9-1-1 emergency responder and does not have the authority to enforce the Criminal Code. The Criminal Code includes theft, breaking and entering, firearms offences, etc.