Historically as long as there have been farmers and ranchers in Alberta the "REDCOATS", R.C.M.P. have stood as a symbol of justice and peacekeeping. The presence of the R.C.M.P. and their co-operation with landowners contributed to a safe and secure lifestyle
In the 1960's, lifestyle changed and lands became more assessable. This soon led to the disappearance of cattle, nuisance problems, trespassing and other criminal activities.
In 1969 a Cochrane area rancher and other residents formed the Cochrane Foothills Protective Association. Members volunteered to accompany R.C.M.P. officers acting as guides on back roads and hard to access ranch and farmland properties. Criminal activities lessened.
Western Stock Growers, Alberta Cattle Commission, Department of Agriculture and R.C.M.P. met to address the problem of rural crime activities and explore ways to address the rural concerns. Thus "Range Patrol" was sired.
In 1978, Range Patrol was viewed by the media as a group of "red necked vigilantes". To enhance the image throughout the province, the program was renamed Alberta Rural Crime Watch.
In 1993, it was decided a province wide umbrella group was needed to support and enhance crime prevention.
In 1995, the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association was formed with directors from across the province.