Clearwater County's Community Peace Officers (CPOs) provide proactive service and education to all stakeholders in areas of Traffic Safety, Emergency Management and Infrastructure protection.
The County employs four highly trained CPOs who work in partnership with RCMP, Sheriffs, Sustainable Resources, Forestry, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Fish and Wildlife to patrol and enforce Provincial and Federal legislation and most regulations as well as certain County bylaws.
Community Peace Officers (CPO1) are employed by municipalities and legislated by the Justice and Solicitor General department of the provincial government.
Who We Are
Sergeant Terri Miller
In 2012 Terri was recognized by the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers for her dedication and commitment to the Peace Officer program, and received the "award of excellence.” Terri is also the President of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers. In 2019, Terri received her 22-year emergency services medal.
Terri has been involved in law enforcement for over 20 years and has been a Peace Officer with Clearwater County for the past 15 years. With a background in Traffic Enforcement, Terri has dedicated her career to ensuring the safety of the public by working on ensuring vehicles are in safe working order and the drivers of those vehicles are operating them in a safe manner. As a certified CVSA inspector for over 20 years, she has been involved in Joint Inspections across the Province working with policing agencies such as Calgary and Edmonton City Police. She is qualified as a Level 2 Collision Investigator, on highways Dangerous Goods inspector and has numerous other certifications relating to the Traffic Safety Act and Legislation.
Emergency Management has become a very large part of Terri's portfolio and with a keen interest in this area. She has attended and completed all levels of Incident Command including ICS100, ICS200, ICS300, and ICS 400. She is certified by the Canadian Emergency Management Centre in Ottawa for certification in Emergency Operations Centre Management and has been involved in a number of major incidents that have occurred over the past years.
Officer Ron McIvor
Ron came to Clearwater County after 10 years with Alberta Transportation as a Transport Officer and has been with the County for 11 years. Ron brings many years of knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial vehicles. As a certified CVSA inspector with over 19 years of inspections, he has been involved in many joint inspections across the Province working with policing agencies such as Calgary and Edmonton City Police, Red Deer RCMP and Rocky Mountain House RCMP. He holds an inspector designation in Dangerous Goods, Livestock Rollovers, Collision Investigations Level 2 as well as a large number of other traffic-related certifications. He is trained in Incident Command Systems ICS100, ICS200 and ICS300 and has assisted with many different types of incidents. In 2019, Ron received his 22-year emergency services medal.
Officer Jason Lucas
Jason joined our staff in June of 2014 after spending 18 years with the RCMP. Jason comes to the team with previous CVSA experience, Level Two Collision Analysis and Transport of Dangerous Goods knowledge and many years of traffic enforcement and education. In 2019, Jason received his 22-year emergency services medal.
What We Do
County CPOs enforce the following legislation:
- Commercial Vehicle Acts and Regulations
- Weights and Dimensions
- Log Books
- Traffic Safety Act & Regulations
- Off Highway Vehicles
- Fuel Tax Act
- Provincial Offences Procedures Act
- Public Highway Development Act
- Gaming & Liquor Act
- Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act
- Public Lands and Forests Act
Training and Certifications:
- Radar and Laser Operators
- Certified Livestock Transport
- Collision Investigator Level 2
- Car Seat Safety Inspector
- CVSA Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Inspectors
- Dangerous Goods On Highways Transportation & Handling Act Inspectors
- Basic Emergency Preparedness
- ICS 100, 200, 300, 400
- Emergency Public Information System
- 1st Aid, CPR, H2S Alive, WHIMIS and AED (Automatic Defibrillator)
- ATV and Snowmobile Training
As CVSA Inspectors, the CPOs work in all areas of the Province. Working with other policing agencies throughout the province and having them attend in Clearwater County ensure the continuity of the program and is a means of cross training between departments. Clearwater CPOs attend checks in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary.
Enforcement in weights ensures that companies operating in Clearwater County are working within the legal weights allowed thereby protecting the infrastructure from damage and reducing the tax burden for road repairs.
Officers work closely with industry by offering training courses and lectures to ensure that everyone is aware of new legislation and regulations.
Officers are fully trained as first responders for collisions and emergencies that occur in the County. Due to the vast area, that the Officers patrol each patrol vehicle is equipped with an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator, medical kits and equipment.
They are trained in Emergency Management and Incident Command Systems and are usually front line responders when an incident occurs in the County.
Officers patrol the West Country for violations of the Traffic Safety and Public Lands Act, they also participate in some search and rescue missions with their off highway vehicle and patrol units.
Long Weekend Taskforce
As residents of Clearwater County, we know that many Albertans come to provincial public lands – or the "West Country” – to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Although most users are respectful to the land they use for recreation, unfortunately a small minority is not.
Use of the West Country is increasing which in turn has increased the level of stress on public land and risk of public safety. Education and Enforcement enable upwards of 50,000 people heading into the West Country to continue to have a safe and enjoyable.
The Long Weekend Task Force aims to provide coordinated multi-agency enforcement and aims to educate users on traffic safety, the safe use of OHV’s, respect for the land, responsible camping, fire safety and garbage disposal.
The partnerships that have developed over the past 12 years between both provincial and municipal governments, the RCMP, industry and private user groups are crucial to ensure sustainable public lands usage into the future.
The Long Weekend Task Force is going to continue to grow as use of the West Country keeps rising. With the help of local residents, understanding visitors and volunteers, we will continue to protect the Clearwater County West Country.
OHV Use in Clearwater County
Using Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) for recreational purposes can be a great way to spend the weekend with your family, but OHVs have potential dangers that can result in personal injury or even death. Clearwater County is one of the largest OHV destinations for visitors and residents. It is essential OHV users follow municipal bylaws and provincial acts relating to proper OHV use and safety precautions.
OHVs should not be operated on other people's property unless they have received permission from the property owner. Unauthorized rising is:
- Against the law
- Damaging to crops, fences and other valuable items
OHV operators who do not follow municipal regulations are committing an offence and will be fined accordingly. Under Clearwater County's OHV bylaw, offence fines range from $250 to $1,000.
Please note: The bylaw does not apply to highways, which are under the jurisdiction of the Province. OHVs are not allowed within primary and secondary right-of-ways.
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