Better highway patrol coverage sought by municipalities

Three Central Alberta municipalities have united to lobby the RCMP for better highway patrol coverage in a large swath around Rocky Mountain House.

Three Central Alberta municipalities have united to lobby the RCMP for better highway patrol coverage in a large swath around Rocky Mountain House.

Clearwater County manager Ron Leaf said a meeting was held with two RCMP superintendents on Monday to present a proposal to post up to 10 officers and sheriffs in Rocky Mountain House and area. The Village of Caroline and Town of Rocky Mountain House are also involved in the push to maintain police highway presence in the western part of Central Alberta.

Leaf described the meeting as “very positive,” although the RCMP senior officers said they could not make any commitment until more review is done.

Supt. Howard Eaton, who has just been put in charge of traffic services for K Division, and Supt. Curtis Zablocki, who oversees the Battle River District, attended for the RCMP.

Leaf said if officers must travel to the Rocky area from Blackfalds, they will have little time left on shift after travel time to patrol highways such as Hwy 11 that can be busy with tourists in the summer.

There had been concerns expressed by the county that highway patrol officers would be relocated to Blackfalds.

“Our proposal was relocate some of the members of the RCMP, some of the sheriffs and create a sub-office out of Rocky Mountain House and basically patrol the western portion of Central Alberta,” said Leaf.

A suggested patrol area would range from Hwy 2 to the Jasper National Park boundary from Rimbey to as far south as Didsbury.

“We felt that area could be as effectively, if not more so, patrolled from Rocky Mountain House as opposed to Blackfalds.”

There are two RCMP highway patrol officers posted in Rocky.

RCMP spokesman Tim Taniguchi said no decision has been made on redeploying highway patrol officers to Blackfalds.

“It’s on hold pending the information that those (municipalities) provided,” he said. “There is no real time line on a decision at this point.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deerians protest against racism on Saturday

About 1,000 people united at Red Deer City Hall to protest against… Continue reading

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

PHOTO: Food Truck Drive and Dash in Red Deer

Food Truck Fridays launched its new drive-thru style event this week. Throughout… Continue reading

RCMP still on the lookout for missing Sylvan Lake man

Sylvan Lake RCMP is reaching out to the public with a renewed… Continue reading

Golden Circle executive director shaves head, raises more than $11,000

The executive director of the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre has shaved… Continue reading

More protests against anti-black racism expected across Canada today

Anti-racism demonstrators are expected to gather across Canada today to protest police… Continue reading

Cities brace for surge in turnout as George Floyd protests persist across U.S.

WASHINGTON — The outraged Americans flooding the national capital this weekend will… Continue reading

Feds sign $105-million deal with Bombardier for two new Challenger jets

Department of National Defence announced the deal with Bombardier on Saturday

‘It’s brewing’: Inmates, guards worry about violence after COVID-19 lockdown

‘Thirteen weeks in a cage the size of your (bathroom) has been pretty devastating’

‘Alarmed:’ Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Public Health Agency of Canada does not collect information on long-haul truckers

Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, setting… Continue reading

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most… Continue reading

Most Read