Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (Synopsis)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police—'K' Division

Description: Formed in 2006, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) is a unique model that brings together, under one umbrella, Alberta's various integrated policing units to strategically disrupt and dismantle serious and organized crime. ALERT provides strategic direction and coordination for existing integrated policing teams that investigate serious crimes such as drug trafficking, gangs and child exploitation. The strength of the ALERT model lies in the integration of members from various agencies who have expertise in intelligence, enforcement and support services. This initiative was driven by the need for Alberta police agencies to work in a cooperative fashion and share information in a timely manner.

ALERT is accountable to a civilian board of directors and is led operationally by a provincial executive committee made up of chiefs of police from several municipal police services, as well as the Deputy Commissioner of RCMP ‘K’ Division.
Objective: The key objective of ALERT is to disrupt and dismantle serious and organized crime in Alberta through an integrated policing approach.
Outcomes: By maintaining a province-wide focus and practicing intelligence-led policing, the ALERT model is proving successful. Since its establishment in 2006, ALERT has arrested more than 4,700 people and laid about 12,000 charges. Between 2010 and 2012, ALERT was responsible for removing approximately $200 million worth of drugs off Alberta’s streets.
Resources: The annual ALERT budget in 2011-2012 was $55 million, of which $49 million was spent.
Province: Alberta
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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