Community Peace Officers have a role to play in public safety under the State of Public Health Emergency called by the province — they understand the prohibitions, restrictions and guidelines that all Albertans are being asked to follow.
Community Peace Officers have tailored their duties to work in partnership with public health inspectors, including patrolling local businesses and reporting violations to the public health inspector. Community Peace Officers are also visiting local playgrounds and reinforcing safety messages to promote ways we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As of March 25, 2020, the province allows officers to take enforcement action if it is deemed appropriate. Details for enforcement are still being finalized by the province; in the meantime, Cochrane’s Community Peace Officers always take an educate-first approach.
Community Peace Officers are adapting to this changing situation so they continue to provide this important community service. They continue to respond to regular calls for service and public inquiries on a priority basis, as well as educating the community on the local and provincial COVID-19 response.
Community Peace Officers
Cochrane Community Peace Officers (CPOs) prefer to use education to encourage voluntary compliance with bylaws, rather than enforce compliance with monetary fines. They focus on education, conflict resolution and mediation services, and encourage residents to try and resolve conflicts whenever possible.
To ensure they meet this mandate, Cochrane Municipal Enforcement focuses on the following six priorities:
Priority #1 – Efficient Management and Service Delivery
Community Peace Officers are committed to providing professional, effective and empathetic responses to the community. Their goal is to reduce violations by being visible and proactive, increasing community safety through awareness and relationship building.
Priority #2 – Neighbourhood Strengthening
Municipal Enforcement focuses on improved communication to residents about local safety programs and services, achieving solutions though education and awareness. Their involvement is an important part of strengthening our community.
Priority #3 – Traffic Safety
Community Peace Officers ensure that roadways, sidewalks and pathways are safe for Cochrane residents and visitors. Through various provincial and municipal legislation, CPOs strive to meet these responsibilities using both education and enforcement.
Priority #4 – Animal Control and Education
Municipal Enforcement continues to work to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. They have front line responsibility for the enforcement and investigation of all domestic animal control calls.
Priority #5 – Employee Development
Professional development is key in ensuring officers have the skills and training needed to handle calls and serve the community successfully.
Priority #6 – Identifying Community Needs
Municipal Enforcement strives to be receptive to the growing needs of the community. This is accomplished through several lines of communication, including participation in community events, listening to residents and receiving direction and feedback from Town Council.
For more information, download the 2018 Annual Report.