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Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Drayton Valley is proudly served by a 19 member Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police comprised of 9 municipal general duty members, 7 rural general duty members and 3 general investigation section (GIS) members. A Community/School Resource Officer has also been added as of May 2016.
Normal detachment business hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm.
General public fingerprinting (Visa, etc) are on Wednesdays 9:00am to 4:00pm only.
The detachment is closed for public inquiries on all weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and statutory holidays.
For matters requiring URGENT police response dial 911. If not an emergency and to report an incident please dial our 24 hour complaint line (780) 542-4456.
To reach administration please call (780) 542-4457 during business hours. This line is not monitored 24/7 and any messages left will be responded to by the following business day.
If you wish to learn more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, please visit: www.rcmp.gc.ca
Crime in the Community
Traditionally, the fall and winter months are when Police see a spike in vehicle thefts – primarily related to people starting their vehicles to warm them up before leaving. Unfortunately criminals often use this opportunity to their advantage and capitalize on unlocked doors.
The following are some tips to prevent your vehicles from being stolen:
Utilize where you can, and if equipped, your vehicle’s remote start system. This will allow your vehicle to start without fear of it being stolen, as it will shut off with any attempt to drive away. Consider installing a remote start system if you do not currently have one.
If you have to start your vehicle with the keys to keep it running, it’s recommended to stay inside the cab with your doors locked to prevent them being opened unexpectedly. If you have a garage, consider parking it inside to prevent frost on your windows, however never start a car and warm it inside the garage – pull it out to warm it up!
A frequent cause of vehicle thefts is when drivers go inside a business “just for a few seconds” and leave the vehicle running, only to come out and find their vehicle gone. Always shut off and lock your vehicle if leaving it alone. Thieves will use these opportunities to steal vehicles.
Some car makers have systems available, with a valid subscription, to locate vehicles if they are stolen. There are also several aftermarket suppliers that can GPS your vehicle as well.
Security means some inconvenience, but its better to be a little inconvenienced than to lose your vehicle to a moment of lapsed vigilance.
Theft of Valuables
In addition to car theft, theft of valuables from homes and businesses is also on the rise. In order to help police locate, and offer your valuables back to you upon seizure, please write down and store the serial numbers for all electronics. If you are able to identify the serial number of your phone, tablet, computer, etc. it will help the police get your stolen goods back to you more quickly!
While this is not an exhaustive list of tips, these will help residents keep their vehicles and belongings safe and secure!
Community Consultative Discussions
On June 11, 2018 and July 25, 2018, Community Consultative Group Discussions were held with Town Council, members of the public and a member from the RCMP. This “Crime in the Community” discussion was centered around receiving feedback from community groups and stakeholders to identify common themes and concerns regarding crime in Drayton Valley.
For tips on how to protect your property from theft, review our Public Safety Brochure
The Drayton Valley RCMP detachment averages around 6,000 calls for service each year, ranging from criminal code investigations to community bylaw matters.