Taber is a community of 8,000 residents that is largely involved in the agriculture and resource industries. The Taber Police Service is comprised of 14 sworn officers, one community peace officer, and 10 civilian support staff who provide community policing services within the Town of Taber.
The Taber Police Service Office houses a regional 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Centre for Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services. The service is governed by a civilian police commission and relies on community partnerships and a large volunteer component in building community capacity. Bylaw enforcement is also managed by the Taber Police Service.
The former Chief of Police, Alf Rudd, was invested into Canada's Order of Merit in a celebration in Ottawa on May 24, 2013. The Member of the Queen's Order of Merit recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the regional level. Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service and distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services, and recognizes their commitment to this country. The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is its Principal Commander.
The badge of the Order is the same as that of the Order of Military Merit, a blue-enamelled, straight-end cross (four arms, narrow at the centre, wider at the ends) with an annulus in red surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown. The annulus bears the inscription MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA. The ribbon consists of three equal bands of blue, gold and blue.
Chief Rudd was nominated in recognition of his 40 year contribution to policing in Canada. His work in improving First Nations policing through his service with four different police agencies, three as Chief of Police, and his contributions on behalf of First Nations Policing to provincial and national policing organizations. He has also contributed a substantial amount of volunteer time to his church for the betterment of others in the community, the nation, and around the world through his charitable work.
He has become well known for his strong advocacy of standalone First Nations policing.
Congratulations to Chief Rudd on his prestigious accomplishment.