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RCMP Draw on Specialized Resources

March 26, 2024

The following message has been written and provided by Sergeant Rob Welsman, Detachment Commander, Hanna RCMP.

From time to time, you may see a specialized police presence in Hanna or the surrounding area, including components of the  RCMP’s Critical Incident Program, which includes members of the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, negotiators, and other support units.

Sometimes, unfolding police incidents or pre-planned police operations may result in the presence of these specialized police units to enhance frontline police officer safety and public safety. These officers may be dressed differently than regular RCMP members, such as in all green, but with clearly visible “Police” markings. Their attendance to serious police incidents is to ensure that all reasonable measures are utilized to bring a resolution to a police incident.  

In cases where there is an emergent risk to the public, the Hanna RCMP will utilize the national public alerting system known as Alert Ready, which requires no sign-up to receive notifications. Additionally, the Hanna RCMP will also utilize the RAVE mobile safety application, available in the Alberta RCMP mobile application or via its website. The RAVE mobile safety application sends text, email, and landline messages to users who are signed up to receive them.

If you would like to sign up for the Alberta RCMP’s RAVE Mobile Safety Application, it can be downloaded onto your smartphone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store by searching for the “Alberta RCMP” app, or, if you do not use a cell phone, you can sign up via the internet by visiting If you need assistance signing up for RAVE alerts, the Hanna RCMP Detachment can assist you. 

The availability of Critical Incident Program resources, even in smaller, rural centres such as Hanna, ensures that the Alberta RCMP provides effective policing services throughout the province to all of its residents, regardless of the location. If you have questions about specialized police resource use in Hanna, you may contact the Hanna RCMP Detachment at (403) 854-3393.