Return COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, RCMP Detachments across Alberta are modifying service delivery at front counters and restricting access to public spaces.
In order to prioritize essential policing services and reduce unnecessary personal contact, please call 403-851-8000 to speak directly with an RCMP employee.
- if assistance can be provided over the phone, it will be
- if personal contact is required, an employee will schedule an appointment with you
- you must wear a mask while in the detachment
- if you need officer assistance and you believe you may be ill, please let us know so officers can be prepared
- don’t be alarmed if you see employees wearing extra protection
Criminal Record Checks and Civilian Fingerprinting
The Cochrane RCMP is conducting employment criminal record checks and civilian fingerprinting by appointment only. To book an appointment, please call 403-851-8000 ext. 0.
- appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday; only one person is let in at a time
- you are required to bring — and wear — your own mask
- you must provide two pieces of identification: one photo ID and one with your physical address
- if your ID does not have a physical address, you must bring a utility bill with the site address on it
- to perform a Vulnerable Sector Check, your organization or employer must be requesting it in writing and you must be in a position of authority over the vulnerable
- volunteer checks will be conducted on a case-by-case basis
- you are required to bring a volunteer letter
Motor Vehicle Collisions
You can now report your traffic collisions through email, to the Cochrane RCMP, if your collision meets the following criteria.
- Your collision happened within Cochrane RCMP's jurisdiction,
- Your collision occurred on a public street or roadway.
- The cumulative damages exceeds $2,000.
You must report a collision, regardless of damage amount if:
- There are injuries to one or more parties.
- You are the victim of a hit and run.
If you have questions, or are uncertain if your collision meets these criteria, please call us at 403-851-8000 ext. 0.
How do I report a traffic collision?
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Cochrane RCMP has modified front counter service delivery and is restricting access to public spaces.
As such, please email or fax your collision statement and related documents to:
- If there are injuries or one or more of the vehicles is un-drivable, call 403-932-2211 or 9-1-1.
- If there are no injuries and the vehicles are drivable, the collision can be reported by email or fax.
- Download our Motor Vehicle Collision Statement and fill out all five pages in their entirety. (Click the link to open it in a new window, or right-click and Save As to your computer.)
- Return the completed document, as well as copies of your valid driver's licence, vehicle registration and insurance for the vehicle involved in the collision.
- Completed statements and documents can be emailed to KCochrane@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or faxed to 403-932-2842.
- If you are reporting a hit and run, we require a photo of the vehicle damage.
- Only once we have received the completed forms and vehicle documents will we be able to issue you a police file number and damage sticker (if necessary).
New: Online Crime Reporting
The RCMP has a new online crime reporting tool which allows citizens to report certain crimes online, including:
- Damage/mischief to property under $5,000
- Theft of bicycle under $5,000
- Theft under $5,000
- Theft from vehicle under $5,000
- Lost property
Incidents must also satisfy the following conditions to be reported online:
- No witnesses or suspects
- Item(s) lost or stolen must cost less than $5,000
- Vandalized property will cost less than $5,000 to repair
- There are no items involving personal identity, firearms, licence plates or decals
We take all reports of crime seriously; crime reported online will be treated the same as crime reported in any other way.
Report A Crime Online - https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/alberta
Please note: You can not report motor vehicle collisions through this portal.
The Alberta RCMP mapping unit keeps a map updated with local crime so the public can view information on missing persons, stolen vehicle and high crime areas.
Please note: the points on the map are not at the exact location of the crime; they are at nearby intersections or regions.
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.