May 2nd, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 18
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Municipality hires Community Peace Officer
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Grant Love, pictured above by the brand new Peace Officer vehicle, is the municipality’s new CPO. Love will be responsible for ensuring bylaw compliance and connecting with the community.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Grant Love has been hired as the municipality's Community Peace Officer (CPO).

Mike Wilson, the previous CPO, left the position in November 2017, leaving the municipality without effective bylaw enforcement for several months.

"Grant was chosen due to his having a very diverse and balanced history with law enforcement and policing, which will be beneficial to our Municipality," says Jesse Fox, Fire Chief/Manager of Protective Services.

Love officially started the position on April 9, 2018. As CPO Level I, he is responsible for performing a range of duties at the community level, like traffic and bylaw enforcement and community engagement.

"CPO Love will be balancing his duties between bylaw adherence and traffic calming measures in our Municipality," says Fox. "We continually work with the Protective Services Advisory Committee and Council as a link in determining areas of focus. Grant has been working very hard to orientate himself with our organizational structure and the community as a whole, which will allow him to have a good grasp of areas that need attention."

As a CPO Level I, Love has authority to deal with moving traffic violations.

"A Community Peace Officer I has full jurisdictional authority to uphold the bylaws of the municipality and police moving traffic violations. A Community Peace Officer II isn’t able to police moving traffic violations but can do most other activities within the Municipality," explains Fox.
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A large part of Love's job is responding to public complaints and concerns. His priority, he says, is working with compliance first rather than enforcement.

“If a call comes in regarding a property that has long grass or there’s junk on the property, to just go in and say that this is in contravention of the bylaw, issue a ticket and walk away does not fix the problem. I would rather see a mechanism for resolving it rather than just going in, laying down the law, issuing a ticket and walking away," he says.

As a last resort, if mediation does not result in the desired results, it will be up to Fox to decide what enforcement action will be taken.

“In my previous experience, my first point of contact with a community member is to ask whether they have taken any steps to rectify the problem. Have they spoken to their neighbour or whoever regarding the concerns that they have?" says Love. "I have no issue in going in there and investigating, but to knock on someone’s door in the first instance may be a way forward to bring the community together.”

Love, originally from Dundee, Scotland, worked for over a decade as an officer with Strathclyde Police, now called Police Scotland. His intention was initially to continue a career in policing, but he was drawn to the more specialized peace officer role for its engaging collaboration with the community.
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He moved to Canada in 2005 and he worked as a bylaw enforcement officer in the City of Chestermere and the Town of High River.

For two years, he then worked as a Community Peace Officer with Calgary Transit, where he was responsible for dealing with disorder and issuing tickets for fare evasion.

It was very much an enforcement position, and Love says he missed the lack of community in his job.

"A CPO in a municipality is about working towards compliance because issuing a ticket doesn't fix the issue," says Love.

His last position before becoming CPO with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass was working as an Alberta Peace Officer with the Alberta SPCA out of Lethbridge, covering an area from High River south to the United States border.

In this role, Love investigated complaints and ensured compliance related to animals and livestock.

“Stepping into the SPCA was more of an investigative process, which I quite enjoyed and it reminded me of when I was a police officer back in Scotland,” he says.

Community members with concerns can email peaceofficers@crowsnestpass.com. The municipality does not respond to anonymous reports.
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