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Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Drayton Valley is proudly served by a 21 member Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police comprised of 11 municipal general duty members, 7 rural general duty members and 3 general investigation section (GIS) members. A Community/School Resource Officer was also added in May 2016.
Online Crime Reporting is available in Alberta. The purpose of this tool is to make reporting crimes more convenient for members of the public. You can use this tool to report a variety of incidents, such as vandalism, thefts under $5000, and lost property where there are no suspects identified. Never use this tool to report a crime in progress. Visit https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/alberta or Google “Online Crime Reporting Alberta”.
Normal detachment business hours are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
At this time the detachment is asking individuals to call and make appointments for fingerprinting. The station can be reached at 780.542.4457.
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
Online Criminal Record Checks
In an effort to provide simpler, more efficient public service, a pilot of an online criminal record check tool began on Sept. 22, 2021 in select Alberta RCMP detachments. Criminal record check information typically obtained from RCMP detachments can now be accessed online. If this online service option is successful, it will be expanded to other locations.
The pilot program is currently only available to the following detachments: Bashaw, Cochrane, Consort, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Provost, St. Albert, St. Paul, Sundre, and Sylvan Lake. Criminal record checks will continue to be available in person at all detachment locations and will be the only option for any location area not covered for the pilot program.
If you live in one of the above pilot detachment areas, you can access online criminal record checks here: rcmp.policesolutions.ca/checks/services/rcmpab-draytonvalley
For more detail and information about criminal record checks, visit the Government of Canada website at https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks.
Policing Survey Results
In January and February of 2021, an RCMP survey was made available to residents in Drayton Valley and surrounding areas to help establish policing priorities. See the results of the survey below!
For full survey results, click here.
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!
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.
Be a Crime Fighter!
In order to assist with the investigation of ongoing and increasing property crime, the local Drayton Valley RCMP detachment wants to let residents who have any kind surveillance on their property know that they can now voluntarily register at KDraytonValleyCamera@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
This is a voluntary service and only RCMP members will have access to your information. Your information will not be shared with anyone and will only be utilized if there is an investigation of a crime in your area.
The Drayton Valley Detachment has been quite busy over the last few months. Several search warrants have been executed in both the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County which has led to recovery of stolen property, drugs, and money. The RCMP are working hard to protect all residents and keep you safe. If you notice anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to contact the Drayton Valley RCMP at 780-542-4456.