Governance

ALERT integrates members from various police agencies who have expertise in intelligence, enforcement and support services. As a non-profit agency, ALERT is governed by a Board of Directors and an appointed Chief Executive Officer—a unique designation allowing ALERT to operate at arm’s length from the provincial government. With a Civilian Advisory Committee, we’re also able to encourage community engagement and stakeholder relations.

Tackling Crime As A Team

ALERT integrates members from various police agencies who have expertise in intelligence, enforcement and support services. As a non-profit agency, ALERT is governed by a Board of Directors and an appointed Chief Executive Officer—a unique designation allowing ALERT to operate at arm’s length from the provincial government. With a Civilian Advisory Committee, we’re also able to encourage community engagement and stakeholder relations.

Chief

Executive

Officer

SUPT. MARC COCHLIN | ALERT CEO

Superintendent Marc Cochlin is the Chief Executive Officer of ALERT; an integrated, provincially funded police agency. ALERT is comprised of over 400 police officers and professional staff, and is mandated to tackle serious and organized crime across Alberta.

As a 24-year-member of the Edmonton Police Service, Cochlin has worked in a variety of specialized areas and units across the city and most recently supervised the criminal investigations division, which entails homicide, robbery, organized crime, firearms investigations, and missing persons. Cochlin previously spent time in ALERT leading the Edmonton-based organized crime and gang teams between 2018 and 2020.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Cochlin was a member of the first Alberta Francophone graduating class of École Maurice-Lavallée. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and former Edmonton premiership soccer player.

Cochlin was appointed ALERT CEO in December 2021.

Board Of

Directors

ALERT is governed by a Board of Directors, responsible for our high-level strategic direction. They are represented by the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police and the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Justice and Solicitor General.

ADM

Marlin Degrand

Alberta Justice & Solicitor General
Acting Chief

Joe West

Medicine Hat Police Service
D/Comm.

Curtis Zablocki

RCMP “K” Division
Chief

Brice Iron Shirt

Blood Tribe Police Service
Chief

Shahin Mehdizadeh

Lethbridge Police Service
Chief

Dale McFee

Edmonton Police Service
Chief

Dean LaGrange

Camrose Police Service
Chief

Farooq Sheikh

Alberta Sheriffs
Chief

Lorne Blumhagen

Lacombe Police Service
Chief

Keith Blake

Tsuut’ina Nation Police
Chief

Graham Abela

Taber Police Service
Chief

Dale Cox

Lakeshore Regional Police Service

CIVILIAN

ADVISORY

COMMITTEE

Formed in April 2018, this committee is composed of representatives from the Alberta Association of Police Governance, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta.

Contact: cac@alert-ab.ca

Shazia Amiri

Edmonton Police Commission

Marilyn North Peigan

Calgary Police Commission

John McDonald

Taber Municipal Police Commission

Doug Rodwell

City of Lloydminster

Peter Brown

Airdrie Mayor

Ken McMullen

Red Deer Protective Services

Violet Megunis

Tsuut’ina Police Commission

Diane Piche

Director of Corporate Services, City of Lacombe

Kara Westerlund

Brazeau County Councillor