Criminal record checks
Follow the process below ONLY IF you need a criminal record check (NOT a fingerprint-based record check).
FEE PAYMENT AND REQUEST NOW IN ONE LOCATION
Beginning March 15, 2017 both steps of the volunteer criminal record check and vulnerable sector record check process take place at the RCMP detachment.
IMPORTANT: FEE PAYMENT TAKEN AT RCMP DETACHMENT (not Town office locations)
Step 1: Go to the RCMP detachment (359 First St E)
Criminal record check intake hours: 9am-3pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ONLY
What you need to bring with you:
• two pieces of identification, one of which must be government-issued photo ID
• volunteer organization request letter (volunteers only)
Step 2: Pay the fee for your criminal record check (see fees below)
• credit card
Results available two weeks after requests are submitted; return to the RCMP detachment to collect your completed check (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm).
• Volunteers (incl. students on unpaid practicum): $10 per check (ask your volunteer organization or school for a request letter)
• Paid positions/record suspensions: $35 per check
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a municipal contract with the Town of Cochrane to provide local policing. The Cochrane RCMP Detachment has 40 regular members: one inspector, one staff sergeant, one sergeant, five corporals and 33 constables and 11 support staff. RCMP Integrated Traffic unit has one sergeant, five constables and one support staff.
Cochrane RCMP serves Cochrane and surrounding areas, including Springbank, Bragg Creek, McLean Creek, Bearspaw, Morley and Waiparous. The Cochrane detachment responds to a diverse number of calls due to the ever-growing communities of Cochrane and surrounding areas.
Programs & Services
Citizens on Patrol (COP)
Members of the community who are dedicated to maintaining a safe and crime-free environment. Allows citizens to become more involved in preventing and identifying crime in the community.
Victim Services Unit (VSU)
VSU is in place to help victims of crime and other traumatic circumstances. VSU uses a variety of tools and provides victims with information and advice, as needed.
Every school in Cochrane has a school liaison. School liaisons speak to children about various topics including bicycle safety, drug and alcohol prevention and more.
DEAL.org is a website affiliated with the RCMP. It is created for youth and provides the tools needed to make healthy life choices. The website aims to encourage youth to make informed decisions about their lives and get involved in their communities.
While operating a vehicle it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. Some tips for being a safe driver are:
- When driving in the lane next to an emergency vehicle which is pulled off to the side of the road with its emergency lights activated (police cars, fire trucks, ambulance, tow trucks, utility trucks), you must slow down to 60 km/h. Speed fines are doubled.
- Stop for school buses with flashing red lights and stop sign extended; children will be crossing. Red lights mean stop.
- Be alert and guard against distraction; changes on the road happen quickly.
- Watch for pedestrians, especially at crosswalks and intersections.
- Notice school zones and playground zones; slow down and be mindful of children.
- Share the road with bicycles.
- Drive at the speed limit.
- Ensure everyone in your vehicle has on a seat belt before moving the vehicle.
- Ensure children are properly buckled in a child restraint seat.
- Watch for animals.
- The only lights authorized to be displayed on the exterior of a vehicle are red, white and yellow (red only to the rear of the vehicle). Any other colour, on any other location, on the exterior of the vehicle is illegal (e.g. windshield fluid dispenser lights, signal lights, ground effects, license plate lamps, tail lamps, head lamps).
- Do not cover your license plate (including clear or coloured plastic of any type); it is illegal.
- There are 38 RCMP members that serve Cochrane and the surrounding areas.