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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.

Chief

Dwayne Lakusta

Grande Prairie Police Service
Chief

Mark Neufeld

Calgary Police Service
ADM

Curtis Zablocki

Alberta Public Security Division
Chief

Dean Syniak

Lakeshore Regional Police Service
Chief

Graham Abela

Taber Police Service
Chief

Keith Blake

Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service
Chief

Shahin Mehdizadeh

Lethbridge Police Service
Chief

Lorne Blumhagen

Lacombe Police Service
D/Commr.

Rob Hill

RCMP “K” Division
Chief

Al Murphy

Medicine Hat Police Service
Chief

Grant Buckskin

Blood Tribe Police Service
Chief

Dale McFee

Edmonton Police Service
Chief

Dean LaGrange

Camrose Police Service

Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) involves images and/or videos that depict the sexual abuse of minors – the majority of which involve prepubescent children. Often, CSAM involves explicit and/or extreme sexual assaults against the child victim (Cybertip.ca).

Learn more about Internet Child Exploitation and ALERT’s integrated teams combatting this issue.

Ghost Guns are illegal, privately manufactured firearms or lower receivers. These weapons are often made with 3D-printers, and undermine public safety due to their lack of licensing requirements, serialization and safety controls.

Learn more about Ghost Guns on ALERT’s dedicated Privately Manufactured Firearms info page