ALERT was established by the provincial government in 2006 to bring
together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to
combat organized and serious crime. Integrated teams specialize in the areas
of organized crime and gangs, online child exploitation, criminal intelligence,
and law enforcement training. Over 400 police and civilian staff work together,
and are based in eight communities across the province.
ALERT’s integrated model is like no other in the country and this approach has fostered a legacy of successful investigations.
This requires dedication, vigilance, and adaptability to ensure the province’s law enforcement agencies are one step ahead of the gangs and organized crime groups that threaten the well-being of Alberta communities and neighbourhoods.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services
ALERT’s co-operative approach to policing has proven to be an extremely successful model, especially as the criminal landscape evolves and pushes beyond local and regional boundaries. ALERT is a non-profit agency that is governed by a Board of Directors and an appointed Chief Executive Officer. This unique designation allows ALERT to remain arm’s length from the provincial government. A Civilian Advisory Committee also provides an enhanced opportunity for community engagement and stakeholder relations.
Chief Graham Abela | Taber Police Service
Chief Keith Blake | Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service
Chief Lorne Blumhagen | Lacombe Police Service
Acting Chief Grant Buckskin | Blood Tribe Police Service
Chief Dale Cox | Lakeshore Regional Police Service
Chief Dean LaGrange | Camrose Police Service
Chief Dale McFee | Edmonton Police Service
Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh | Lethbridge Police Service
Chief Alan Murphy | Medicine Hat Police Service
Chief Mark Neufeld | Calgary Police Service
Chief Farooq Sheikh | Alberta Sheriffs
D/Commr. Curtis Zablocki | RCMP “K” Division
ADM Marlin Degrand | Alberta Justice & Solicitor General
Project Cobra is a nearly three-year organized crime investigation into transnational drug importation, drug trafficking, and money laundering. More than an estimated $55 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine has been seized following this cross-border investigation by ALERT, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. As the result of enforcement initiatives on both sides of the border, 928 kilograms of methamphetamine and 6 kilograms of cocaine were intercepted. In addition, approximately $7 million worth of assets have been seized or placed under criminal restraint.
Total quantity of seized
$7 Million in
Firearms (handguns, rifles, submachine guns, suppressors)
Project Carlos is an investigation led by ALERT Calgary’s organized crime team with more than $4.5 million worth of drugs and nearly $1 million in cash seized throughout the city.
Over $4.5 million in seized drugs (cocaine, ketamine, meth, fentanyl and others)
ALERT’s Project Radar resulted in the seizure of $335,000 worth of drugs including fentanyl and meth, in Red Deer and Lloydminster. Three suspects were charged.
Approximate value of seized drugs including methamphetamine and fentanyl
Project Frontier was a 14-month investigation led by ALERT’s Fort McMurray organized crime team resulting in the seizure of roughly $500,000 in drugs and cash.
Approximate value of seizure (methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, cash)
Drug trafficking is one of the top criminal market commodities for organized crime. ALERT leverages its integrated model, in tandem with partners nationally and internationally to dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking activities through a co-ordinated and collaborative approach. ALERT’s integrated approach yields significant success, as showcased this year during Project Cobra.
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Firearms Seized (2022-23)
Proceeds of Crime (2022-23)
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ALERT CFSEU Trends
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In Alberta, criminal organizations perpetrate serious and violent crime. Firearms are an integral part of organized criminal activity. Without firearm trafficking, it’s more difficult for criminals to obtain a firearm for the purpose of committing illegal activities. ALERT teams work together with our partner agencies to tackle and disrupt emerging trends, such as 3D-printed firearms (“ghost guns”). Our integrated model allows for quick adaptation to these emerging trends to keep communities safe in Alberta. We also continue to investigate traditional trafficking, such as straw purchasing, theft, and smuggling – which often go hand-in-hand with drug or human trafficking.
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A MAC-10 submachine gun was amongst three firearms seized by ALERT Edmonton's organized crime team in relation to an address associated with drug trafficking. The MAC-10 is prohibited in Canada and the United States and fires 1,200 rounds per minute.
3D printers and firearms in various stages of completion were seized following an investigation into firearms manufacturing. ALERT worked with Vulcan RCMP, Lethbridge Police, and the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team.
Crossbows, rifles, shotguns, ammunition anda 2013 Polaris RZR 900 have been seized from a home in Cypress County following an investigation into stolen property by ALERT Medicine Hat’s regional property crime unit, working with MHPS and Redcliff RCMP.
ICE Forensic Technicians, our Criminal Analyst and investigators have discovered thousands of videos and images that depict upwards of potentially 100 additional, unidentified victims of child luring and sexual assault.
ICE executed a search warrant at a home in Airdrie. Investigators were led to the home after receiving information about an unknown suspect uploading suspected child sexual exploitation materials via social media platforms.
ICE rescued a child on February 4, 2023 after entering the home under exigent circumstances. A tip from the FBI, received less than 48 hours earlier, detailed alleged prolific and ongoing sexual abuse of a young child in Alberta.
Over the past five years, ALERT ICE file intakes have increased by over 185%. ICE units work non-stop to combat online predators in some of the most demanding cases involving minor victims – from toddlers to teenagers. Throughout Canada, an 815% increase was observed in reported online sexual luring targeting Canadian children, in the last five years. ALERT leverages combined and collaborative effort through its integrated model to swiftly investigate online child sex offenders. Using cutting-edge technology specific to this domain of judicial work, and pooling resources through multi-jurisdiction cases, our ICE teams are able to overcome the internet-based challenges of counter-exploitation work to keep children and youth in Alberta safe.
While we continue to work hard and expand our resources to combat Internet Child Exploitation, you can help too – knowledge is power:
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