Airdrie man receives jail time


An Airdrie man has been sentenced to two years in jail, three years probation and a $250 fine after pleading guilty to charges of possession of child porn and accessing child porn.

Darren William Smith Ratcliff, in his 50s, was sentenced Jan. 10 in Calgary Criminal Court.

Calgary Police Services (CPS) charged Ratcliff in January 2017. A CPS spokesperson was not able to provide any further details.

Airdrie RCMP members patrolling in a school zone Jan. 8 at approximately 2 p.m., pulled over a man for driving 54 kilometres per hour (km/h), 24 km/h over the speed limit, according to Alberta RCMP Media Spokesperson Cpl. Curtis Peters.

“He was initially just pulled over for speeding, and on talking to the driver, (the member) was a bit surprised to find the odor of liquor coming from the driver. That led to some further investigation. Ultimately, the driver got arrested for impaired driving,” Peters said. “He provided breath samples that were both in excess of the legal limit.”

A 29-year-old Airdrie resident was charged with impaired driving and driving over the legal limit. Peters said because the charges have yet to be sworn before the courts, the accused’s name cannot be released. The man has been released from custody and will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court at a date yet to be determined.

Peters said members were out on Jan. 8 – the first day schools were back in session after the holiday break – targeting school zones as part of the Safe City Roads program.

“Traffic safety is one of the priorities for Airdrie residents according to the surveys. It’s one of (the detachment’s) regular programs,” he said. “Impaired driving is one of our focuses for the detachment. Enforcement of impaired driving will continue to be one of the priorities.

“We’ve almost doubled the amount of impaired driving charges in the last year or so, since May. We’ve had the same amount of calls reporting impaired driving – we’re really targeting that as part of our traffic safety approach and trying to mitigate the risk. We’re making doubled efforts to locate and track down impaired drivers and get them off the road.”

Peters said if you see someone you suspect of driving while impaired, call 911 or the non-emergency report line at 403-948-7267.

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at


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