Testing their mettle at Alberta inspection championships
Commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE) officers are highly trained professionals who save lives every day by keeping unsafe vehicles and drivers off the roads. The work of a CVE officer is not easy, but it is an important one for public safety. Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement branch of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General recognizes the best of the best by inviting officers throughout the province to compete in the Alberta Inspectors Championship (AIC).
The 2014 AIC took place in Edmonton on June 21 at Griesbach Parade Square. Participating officers compete for honours in several categories, and the grand champion has the opportunity to represent Alberta at the North American Inspectors Championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 11‐14, 2014.
The competitors are graded on their inspections of three different vehicles: a truck and trailer combination, a cargo tank, and a bus. Before the competition begins, organizers create violations that officers must find during inspections. Officers check everything from exhaust systems to headlights and turn signals. They must complete their inspections within a time limit, and are graded on how many violations they discover.
Part of the job of a CVE officer is to ensure drivers are qualified and fit to operate their vehicle. During the competition, designated individuals act as the drivers of the vehicles, and officers are graded on their interactions with the drivers.
This year, Rick Smith gave the best performance and was named grand champion, having scored the highest on both the truck/trailer and motorcoach inspections. Lance Skoog won the dangerous goods category (cargo tank inspection) and was runner-up. Landon Craney scored the highest on the driver portion. Mitch Stukings won the award of excellence, which is voted on by competitors as well as judges, and given to the officer who shows the greatest spirit of cooperation, leadership, professional image, positive attitude and organizational ability.
The top 10 competitors were (in no particular order): Pam Babb, Dustin Brown, Landon Craney, David Friese, Brad Mitchell, Mike Schneider, Lance Skoog, Rick Smith, Mitch Stukings and Mike Watts.
The Alberta Inspectors Championship (AIC) is the premier annual event for commercial vehicle enforcement officers from across the province to compete, learn and be recognized for excellence. Congratulations to all the competitors, and good luck at the North American Inspectors Championship, Rick!