Crime Prevention

Community crime prevention initatives are an effective approach to deter and reduce crime.  Olds is fortunate to have dedicated community volunteers working with local law enforcement to build a safer community. 

Olds and Area Rural Crime Watch Map

Alberta RCMP have launched an online crime mapping tool, hoping it will help direct property-crime fighting efforts and curb misinformation about local crime on social media. The maps display the areas where specific crimes occurred during the previous two weeks.



Citizens on Patrol

Criminals prey on apathy and every member of a community can make a difference to make their community safer. 

Community-based Crime Prevention

Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) is a group of citizens who participate in community based crime prevention by observation and reporting suspicious activities while on patrol.  Volunteers work closely with the local detachment and complete mandatory training in surveillance and observation techniques, note taking, and safe patrolling practices.

Get Involved

Even though Olds has one of the most active groups in the province, they are always looking to increase community participation.  Applicants must be able to pass a comprehensive security screening conducted by the R.C.M.P. Members are expected to participate in C.O.P. meetings and training activities and dedicate time for one shift a month which can range in duration between 2 to 4 hours.

Applications are available at the Town of Olds Administration Office or the Olds RCMP Detachment.

COP Members volunteering at the Free Community Paper Shredding event.


For more information, visit, the RCMP detachment or the Town of Olds at 403-556-6891.

Olds and District Rural Crime Watch

Rural Crime Watch (RCW) works with local RCMP, Fish & Wildlife officers, and other enforcement agencies to identify suspicious activity or unlawful activities. RCW also works with neighbouring community policing initiatives such as Olds Citizens on Patrol.

Get Involved

Volunteers with Rural Crime Watch are the eyes & ears for the enforcement services. It's neighbours looking after each other!

The areas of Olds, Didsbury, and Sundre have joined under one administrative body to be more effective and to reduce the administrative tasks. They have a phone, fax, e-mail system which they use to broadcast information warning for concerns such as:

  • a particular vehicle prowling the rural areas
  • individuals passing fraudulent cheques, POs, or counterfeit currency
  • information on stolen property
  • information on missing individuals
  • watch-out notices for specific stolen property

This information is broadcast to all members and the system is only used for police or crime prevention matters. WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CRIME PREVENTION!