Community Peace Officer

Community Peace Officer

Welcome to the Town of St. Paul's Community Peace Officer section of our website!

Here you will find a variety of information geared towards your safety, your family's well being and the safety of those around you. This knowledge will help answer questions you may have and are preventative measures.

Community Peace Officers perform a range of duties at the community level. Their duties vary in nature and scope depending on the unique needs and priorities of the communities they serve. These can include traffic enforcement, enforcement of other provincial statutes, enforcing and education of municipal bylaws, public education programs, presentations in schools, or other roles that are administrative in nature. They enhance the work of Police Officers performing various roles that assist in maintaining the peace. The Peace Officers are duly appointed as Community Peace Officers under the Peace Officer Act and as Bylaw Enforcement Officers under the Municipal Government Act.

The Town of St. Paul currently employs two Community Peace Officers.

Their Duties and Responsibilities

• Education and enforcement of selected municipal bylaws
• Traffic Control
• Animal Control
• Working in cooperation with RCMP, Fish and Wildlife, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, St Paul Fire Department, EMS
• Assist in emergency / disaster response under direction of the Director of Emergency Management
• Other related duties

Their Appointed Provincial Authorities Pursuant to Section 7 of the Peace Officer Act

• Animal Protection Act
• Dangerous Dogs Act
• Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act
• Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Act
• Provincial Offences Procedure Act
• Stray Animals Act
• Tobacco & Smoking Reduction Act
• Traffic Safety Act
• Trespass to Premises Act

Reasons to License Your Pet

Dog, black and brown

 

 

Provides identification of animal to Community Peace Officer so they can return it to you.

If your house/vehicle gets broken into, the animal can be returned to you when it is found.

Licensing is preparation for events that animal owners cannot control (kids let it out of the house when I was at work, my dog just seems to escape anytime it wants to, I have no idea my pet was even out of the yard? Your dog/cat cannot speak on its own behalf to the reason it escaped your yard. If your animal is found injured, the Community Peace Officer can find you to notify you of the situation ASAP. The pet license allows us to reunites the pet, and the pet owner.

But, I have an animal license that I made myself? It even has my phone number and address on it so someone can return my pet to me.

How much information do you really want a stranger to know about you?


Why should I re-license every year?


People move.

People change phone numbers.

Animals are given away to other owners in town (dog license needs to be renewed when a new owner acquires the pet)

The Town of St. Paul can update animal license information.

Micro-chipping is a great tool; however pet owners frequently forget to update the information if and when they move to another part of town or change phone numbers.

But my pet is licensed in another municipality, why do I have to register it here?

• That information wont help the officer find you to return your pet

• The previous municipality does not have your new phone number/address

Hey, my pet never gets out

• Things never happen until they happen

• You would want it to be returned to you when it does get out.

Unsightly Premises

Nuisance, in respect to land under Bylaw 1202, means land that shows sign of a serious disregard for general maintenance and upkeep, whether or not it is detrimental to the surrounding area, some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Loose litter,
  • Garbage,
  • Construction Debris
  • Household appliances/furniture
  • Vehicle parts
  • Derelict vehicles
  • Grass or weeds higher than 10cm
  • Offensive odors/smells

Orders are issued pursuant to Section 545 of the Municipal Government Act allowing the required maintenance and work to be conducted by the Town of St. Paul in the circumstances of non-compliance to remedy the condition as directed. Municipal Enforcement is available for any questions and concerns in regards to this matter at 780-645-4522

Yard/Garage Sale Signage

Garage sale, items to buy

Where can I put my yard sale signs?

The Town of St. Paul allows yard sales. The issue arises when people do not know where the signs can be placed. In addition, when signs are left up after the garage sale they often become ripped / torn and litter on our streets.

Signs CANNOT be placed on any town owned facilities. This includes, but may not be limited to:
• Fences
• Power-poles
• Light fixtures
• Buildings
• Structures
• Parks
• Boulevards
• Parking lots
• Dumpsters
• Sidewalks

Residents can place signs on their own property, or property they have obtained permission for. There is a sign board located on the 50 avenue service road near 56 street. There is also a sign board located near Tim Hortons.
Another option is to advertise on social media websites.

We appreciate your assistance and would like to encourage a clean appearance for residents, visitors, and businesses.   

Loud Exhaust

Grey Pickup Truck

St Paul Municipal Enforcement has received an increased volume of complaints for vehicles with loud exhaust. If your vehicle has a modified exhaust system which increases the noise, we recommend it is changed back to factory condition.

Loud exhaust noise can be classified as noise that becomes a nuisance to the public. Your vehicle should not produce excessive noise through a widened outlet that amplifies the noise. In addition, ensure your exhaust system is equipped with baffles. Catalytic converters / mufflers should not be eliminated from the exhaust system.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

The following sections of the Traffic Safety Act (TSA) Vehicle Equipment Regulations (VER) or Traffic Safety Act (TSA) Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulations (ROR) pertain to excessive vehicle noise.

In summary they state:

• Section 61 TSA- VER refers to a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine. It says that the exhaust muffler must not produce excessive noise or flames and sparks. It goes on to say that the exhaust outlet cannot be widened or have a device attached to it that increases noise. The fine is $155.00.

• Section 82 TSA- ROR states a person shall not create or cause the emission of any loud and unnecessary noise from a vehicle or any part of it, or from anything or substance that the vehicle or a part of the vehicle comes into contact with. The fine for this section is $155.00.

• Section 87 TSA- ROR relates to driving a motor vehicle in a residential area between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that disturbs residents. This section requires a complaint from a resident. The fine for excessive noise under this section is $155.00. A complainant must appear in court as a witness if charges are laid under this section.

• Section 115 (2)(f) TSA says a person shall not do any of the following: drive a vehicle as to perform or engage in any stunt or other activity on a highway that is likely to distract, startle or interfere with other users of the highway. The fine for this section is $543.00 and 3 demerits.

Coyote Prevention Within Town Limits

 

 

 

 

Ways to prevent an encounter with coyotes in town limits:

Keep compost in a securely enclosed bin.
Do not put meat, dairy, egg products in the compost.
If you have fruit trees, pick when ripe and remove any fruit from the ground. Pick up those jack-o-lanterns from your front steps.
Installing motion sensor lights are an option.
Do not leave dog or cat food outside your house, keep it inside.
Hunters do not leave meat scraps in your yard, these should be brought to a suitable location.
If you encounter a coyote, leave the area calmly, do not make eye contact with it, do not turn your back, or run away from a coyote.
Dogs and cats are not allowed to be at large Keep your pets on a leash when outside.
Keep your pets inside at night.
Coyotes are territorial and may consider your dog a threat. Keep it on leash.

Spay neuter your dog to prevent coyotes from trying to breed with your dog.
Clean up dog feces in your yard, this attracts coyotes.
Don’t feed coyotes or attempt to tame them.
If you have seen them in your yard they are likely attracted to a food source or source for denning (under your shed or deck, etc.)
Don’t let your pets or children outside unsupervised.
Clear bushes or tall weeds away from your property to prevent a source of cover for wild animals, remove low hanging branches.
Install a fence if you do not have one.
Keep the gates to your fence closed.
Keep your fence in good repair.
Use a durable wire mesh to close of spaces under your deck, shed, patio, outbuildings.
Be more vigilant at dusk and dawn.
Carry dog spray when walking your dog.


If you see a coyote do not make it feel welcome, they should not feel welcome around us
o Look as large as possible, waving your arms overhead, throw objects at it to scare it away
o If you see them in your yard make loud noises to scare them away (portable compressed air horn devices, whistles, bang pots and pans, )
o If you see one eating garbage in an alley or something under a deck, pick up smaller kids & pets, slowly walk away, call 911.
- Do not leave suet (pieces of animal fat) out for birds in your yard, clean up spilled bird seed. These attract mice which are prey for coyotes.
- Do not leave your garbage bins out all week. Place them out the morning of your garbage pick up day. Do not put the garbage cans out the night before.

Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can be resourceful. They can thrive among rural and urban areas. They will find alternate food sources. They become bolder when they learn back yards, alleys can become a food source. They may become aggressive if they are protecting food sources. There are reports of coyotes attacking people in Canada, however these events are extremely rare.  

Preventative Measures: The 9 P.M. Routine

This a checklist for people to do before going to bed. It is part of a North American campaign to reduce property crime. This began in Pasco County, Florida and is used to remind residents to protect themselves and their property. Most of these crimes happen overnight, so the 9pm routine is an effort to prevent these crimes. If there is nothing for a criminal to gain, there is less of a chance they will break into it and move along.
This is a simple tool which makes a difference.

• Remove keys, wallets, cash, other valuables from vehicles and garage door openers.
• Lock vehicles
• Close overhead garage doors
• Lock the internal door between the garage and house
• Close and lock all external doors. (Front, back, and side doors)
• Ensure windows are shut and locked if possible
• Turn on exterior lights, camera systems, alarm systems
• Close and lock doors to sheds
• Close and lock gates

This shows potential offenders you won’t tolerate property crime in the neighborhood.
It's 9 PM, have you gone through your checklist? 

Chickens & Your Backyard

Group of Brown Chickens

 Wanting to keep chickens in your backyard?  

Chickens are only allowed on properties over 2 acres in size in the Urban Reserve District (UR)

Please see the zoning map to confirm which lands are zoned as UR. 

If your lands meet the above requirements, you may apply for development permit to keep chickens. Please apply at the Town of St. Paul Office at 5101-50 Street.

For more information, please contact the Planning & Development Team at 780-645-4481

Distracted Driving

A person texting while driving

Distracted Driving
Did you know:

  • One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
  • 211 young drivers and motorcyclists, aged 14-24, were killed and 12,079 were injured in collisions from 2013 to 2017.
  • In 2017, 18 per cent of Alberta’s casualty collisions involved vehicles driven by young drivers, even though only 13 per cent of registered drivers make up this group.
  • From 2013 to 2017, more than two in five young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seat belt.

The Penalty for distracted Driving is a $300.00 fine and 3 demerits.

Some distractions include but are not limited to:

  • using hand-held cell phones
  • texting or e-mailing
  • using electronic devices such as laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players such as MP3 players
  • entering information on GPS units
  • reading printed materials in the vehicle
  • writing, printing or sketching
  • personal grooming such as brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving

For more information, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/distracted-driving.aspx