With a mandate to protect the infrastructure within the County and to ensure safe travel, the Protective Services Unit provides a very valuable resource. Responsibilities include the permitting and routing of all overweight and over dimensional heavy haul traffic, enforcement of Provincial Legislation including the Traffic Safety Act, the Gaming and Liquor Act and the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation, as well as County Bylaws such as fire bans.
Under the direction of the County Council and Administration, and working closely with the Superintendent of Roads and the Gravel Road Inspector, the County Patrol monitors roads before, during and after events such as rig moves or pipeline construction. Overweight enforcement, road bans, and inclement weather bans are all tools used to protect the infrastructure.
Community Peace Officers are appointed pursuant to Provincial Legislation, specifically the Solicitor General's Special Policing, must meet strict requirements and must offer the best in professional standards.
Colm Fitz-Gerald, Community Peace Officer
All over weight traffic must be in possession of an Alberta Infrastructure Provincial Permit. Permission to travel on County roads must be obtained prior to entering the County. For drilling rig moves there is a 24 our notification requirement in effect year round. It is advisable to check with the County Patrol prior to applying for the Provincial Permit. The County does not recognize the allowable weights given by the authority of those Provincial Permits for the majority of the year. Those period weights are for Primary Highways only which are defined as 1, 2 and 3 digit highways in the province.