For the purpose of these web pages, a person is considered "high-risk" when a Chief of Police or the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP in Alberta makes a determination that a person presents a "risk of significant harm." The determination is made under section 32 of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP is also subject to section 8 (2)(m) of the federal Privacy Act.
The police complete a mandatory risk assessment to determine whether an offender presents a risk of significant harm, prior to a public notification being made. Public notifications are made only in the cases of the most serious offenders.