Media Releases http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases.aspx Below is a listing of all EPS news releases. These releases are available for three months from the date of posting. <br /><br />To contact the EPS Corporate Communications, please phone (780) 421-3551. en 26 Feb 2018 03:33:27 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Investigation continues into 2017 arson that claimed life of baby boy http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/arsoninvestigationfeb23.aspx EPS Homicide Section continues to actively investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 5-month-old baby boy who died of smoke inhalation in a residential fire on Aug. 22, 2017. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Crown has assessed the evidence and determined that it did not meet a reasonable likelihood of conviction, therefore a number of charges have been withdrawn.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Bronson Woycenko, 20, </span></strong><span>along with a 20-year-old female suspect were both initially charged in relation to this incident. While all charges were withdrawn against the female, Woycenko continues to face two counts of <em>mischief</em> and faces a new charge of <em>causing damage to property.</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>No further information is being released at this time, as Homicide Detectives continue to investigate. <br /> <br /> </span><span>Homicide Detectives are encouraging anyone who might have information about this investigation to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> 23 Feb 2018 22:14:04 UT Edmonton Police Service unveils new Air 1 helicopter http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/EdmontonPoliceServiceunveilsnewAir1helicopter.aspx The Edmonton Police Service Flight Operations Unit has officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art Air 1 helicopter. Equipped with the latest technology, the $5.9 million helicopter will help police fight crime and keep Edmonton and the surrounding region safe. <div class="flex-video" style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dU-BFZAwDcc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;With the continued growth of the city, the mobility of criminals across the region, and the need for greater public and officer safety, a new helicopter with enhanced capabilities is required,&rdquo; </span><span>says Acting Police Chief Greg Preston.&nbsp; &ldquo;</span><span>Because the new Air 1 is better, stronger, and faster than our previous helicopters, we can provide a greater level of safety and support across the city</span><span>.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Chosen for its affordability, versatility, and dependability, the Airbus H-125 model is considered one of the best helicopters in service, and is used by over 200 law enforcement agencies around the world.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 265px;" src="~/media/04B22726564642D98F4BDB5E3D1BBAC1.ashx?h=265&amp;w=400" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The new helicopter has significant improvements: GPS navigational overlays; upgraded avionics for situational awareness and hazard warnings; enhanced digital camera and infrared system; Alberta First Responder Radio Communication System (AFRRCS); better visibility, stability and seating for crew; increased fuel capacity for longer flights; more powerful engine for increased speed and lift; and safety features to prevent hydraulic and engine failures.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 267px;" src="~/media/FA72FE55ADE649EFBD26511B9D248BCD.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The helicopter was budgeted at $5.9 million, with $3.4 million in funding coming from the Alberta Government Municipal Sustainability Initiative, and the remaining from the City of Edmonton.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We are proud to be able to help make Edmonton a safer place to live,&rdquo; says the Honourable Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs.&nbsp; &ldquo;Strong, safe communities are more attractive places to locate a business and raise a family, and it is very important for us to be able to support the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service in these goals.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;A strong, efficient police force improves the livability of any city,&rdquo; says Mayor Don Iveson.&nbsp; &ldquo;New technologies and resources like Air 1 will help EPS protect our citizens, keep out cities safe and strengthen EPS&rsquo; reputation as a national leader in policing.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 267px;" src="~/media/105AA88457EF4AFD9F2AA86BB7B6593A.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since September, EPS flight crews have been training on the new helicopter, testing its state-of-the-art systems, and putting it through its paces on emergency calls. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>One night, the new helicopter helped safely end a criminal fight with an armed suspect that could have ended tragically. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The vehicle failed to stop for EPS patrol officers and fled the city at a high rate of speed.&nbsp; In the interest of public safety, patrol units discontinued pursuit, but Air 1 followed the vehicle from high above.&nbsp; The suspect abandoned the vehicle on a rural road and was observed fleeing into the treeline with a firearm.&nbsp; Air 1 was able to direct RCMP officers to his precise location, where he was arrested without incident and the weapon was recovered.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Without Air 1&rsquo;s enhanced capabilities, the risk would have been greatly increased for innocent bystanders, the suspect,&nbsp;and the police officers involved.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Air 1 responds to approximately 3,000 calls annually, including calls to assist Edmonton Fire Rescue and the RCMP as well.&nbsp; With the new helicopter&rsquo;s strength, speed and endurance, Air 1 can be the first on scene, remain on scene longer, and its technology can help coordinate EPS, Fire Rescue, and EMS resources on the ground more effectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/00BAEDEB28424029BDD4BD5CBD8A8783.ashx?h=300&amp;w=400" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since 2009, the EPS has been fortunate to have two Airbus EC-120 helicopters in service, so that if one was down for maintenance or repairs, the other could continue to provide support.&nbsp; With the arrival of the new Airbus H-125 helicopter, the original Air 1 helicopter purchased in 2001 was decommissioned. &nbsp;Some of the major components from the original helicopter such as the engine will be sold, but other parts will be used to support the remaining EC-120 helicopter.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> For more information on the EPS Flight Operations Unit and the Air 1 helicopter, please visit <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/flightops"><span>www.edmontonpolice.ca/flightops</span></a>. </span></p> 23 Feb 2018 15:47:00 UT Edmonton Police Service recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/EdmontonPoliceServicerecognizedasoneofAlbertasTopEmployers.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has been named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers in a competition recognizing the best places to work. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/71C90089D59745CC99CE6BB69EC2D399.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; height: 274px;" src="~/media/71C90089D59745CC99CE6BB69EC2D399.ashx?h=274&amp;w=200" /></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re a people-driven organization, so being recognized as one of Alberta&rsquo;s top employers is a tremendous honour for our 2,650 employees,&rdquo; says Acting Chief Greg Preston.&nbsp; &ldquo;At the EPS we realize that a career in policing is all about people.&nbsp; The job is very challenging but equally rewarding, knowing that you&rsquo;re making a difference in people&rsquo;s lives every day.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Alberta&rsquo;s Top 70 Employers is a special designation that recognizes employers for </span><span>progressive human resources programs, and</span><span> </span><span>is open to any private of public sector employer in Alberta. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS was recognized as a Top Employer for its: ongoing commitment to employee and community engagement, development of employees to their highest potential, and looking out for the mental and physical well-being of employees.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Mediacorp Canada Inc. and Eluta (one of Canada&rsquo;s largest online recruitment sites), announced the winners of the annual competition at the Top Employer award ceremony in Calgary on Feb. 21, 2018.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The winners were also published in the 2018 Alberta&rsquo;s Top 70 Employers Magazine and the 2018 Canada&rsquo;s Best Employers for Recent Graduates Career Directory.&nbsp; Winners included: the City of Edmonton, Alberta Health Services, ATB Financial, Edmonton Catholic Schools, PCL Construction, and WestJet Airlines.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Alberta Top Employer accreditation logo will be proudly placed on EPS recruitment materials and in divisional stations to encourage job seekers to consider a career with the police service.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>If you&rsquo;re interested in a civilian or sworn member career with EPS, please visit <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/">www.joinEPS.ca</a>. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>For more information on the 2018 Alberta&rsquo;s Top 70 Employers please visit <a href="http://www.canadastop100.com/alberta">www.canadastop100.com/alberta</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/CD0124B3BD6241AAA111D3FDB2F44F3C.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 95px;" src="~/media/CD0124B3BD6241AAA111D3FDB2F44F3C.ashx?h=95&amp;w=500" /></a></p> <p><span></span></p> 22 Feb 2018 22:00:00 UT EPS Cyber Crime Investigations Unit arrests local man for fraud, extortion http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/cybercrimesfraudextortion.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has charged an Edmonton man with fraud and extortion after several local businesses suffered network intrusions resulting in the theft of data and attempted extortion. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In July 2017, police received a report from a local business regarding an alleged hacking of their IT infrastructure. The suspect reportedly infiltrated the company&rsquo;s IT network, took control of their email and smart phone servers and subsequently demanded payment in the form of Bitcoins to prevent any further damage to their network. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Following a thorough investigation, the EPS Cyber Crime Investigations Unit was able to identify the alleged suspect and believes he is responsible for network intrusions to at least four Edmonton-based companies. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The network intrusions appeared to be financially motivated,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Acting Detective&nbsp;Phil Hawkins with the EPS Cyber Crime Investigations Unit. &ldquo;Once the networks were accessed, the suspect targeted financial data, including online store accounts and email accounts from the companies and their employees.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;This type of intrusion can result in significant losses to a business, including time and resources. In this case, the businesses affected suffered an estimated $1.5 million in combined damages.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <strong><span>Jeffrey Johnston, 37</span></strong><span>, has been charged with 18 criminal offences, including <em>mischief in relation to computer data (x3), fraudulently obtaining computer service (x2), mischief relating to data (x2),<span>&nbsp; </span>unauthorized use of computer services (x2), theft under $5000 (x3), theft over $5,000 </em>and<em> extortion.</em></span> 22 Feb 2018 18:02:00 UT Thieves targeting catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/catalyticconverters.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a series of catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter thefts after receiving more than three dozen reports from across the city. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since Jan. 1, 2018, the EPS has received 39 reports of thefts and attempted thefts of catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters. Vehicles targeted include diesel and gasoline trucks manufactured after 2008 and have included Ford F250s, F350s and F450s, Dodge Ram 3500s and larger commercial vehicles. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The locations of the thefts are widespread and include residential, commercial and industrial areas in west, northwest, southeast and southwest Edmonton. Parking lots and residential parking areas are the most commonly targeted locations followed closely by commercial properties.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Vehicles left in parking lots over the weekend appear to be the most vulnerable,&rdquo; says Det. Vern Tuttle with EPS West Division. &ldquo;However, these thieves appear to be active any day of the week and have targeted some locations numerous times.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Preventing the theft of catalytic converters and particulate filters is challenging, as vehicle alarms may not offer protection in every instance. As a result, investigators are advising drivers to park in well-lit areas whenever possible and report any suspicious activity in parking areas to police.&nbsp; For vehicles in industrial and commercial areas, property intrusion alarms, surveillance cameras and/or onsite security personnel can offer additional ways to deter thieves.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br /> Investigators also believe there may be additional complainants and witnesses to these thefts and are encouraging anyone with information to come forward. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Due to the profitable nature of this crime, we believe several individuals or groups may be responsible for these thefts,&rdquo; says Tuttle. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;ve noticed any suspicious activity in areas where vehicles are parked, please give us a call.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: blue;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> 21 Feb 2018 21:22:00 UT Police seek original owners of recovered property http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/ddpinterestjan2018.aspx Downtown Division officers are seeking the original owners of alleged recovered stolen property after arresting two suspects in a recent break-and-enter series. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>From Nov. 23, 2017 to Jan. 4, 2018, police received at least 10 reports of break-and-enters that took place in the McCauley, Cromdale, Oliver and Queen Mary Park neighbourhoods. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Following a thorough investigation, officers determined that the alleged thieves targeted a variety of locations, including mailboxes, parkades, apartment complex storage units and ATM machines and allegedly stole mailed gifts, cash and a variety of valuables left in vehicles and storage units.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Among the recovered items were several pieces of sporting equipment, a home theatre system, two vintage toy car sets and a malt mill. Photos of these items are now posted on the </span><span><a href="https://www.pinterest.ca/edmontonpolice/missing-something-january-2018/"><span>EPS Pinterest page</span></a></span><span> in hopes the original owners will come forward and claim them.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 467px;" src="~/media/569860318FB14694B7492476DB971B5F.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" />&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 467px;" src="~/media/1EF612260FC8457395BB4C15DA0563A8.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/A24DE0DF90BD42CC8ACDFFA348D947E7.ashx?h=300&amp;w=400" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 467px;" src="~/media/F1CBB80C83CA48449F1A6CD985E715CD.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" />&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 467px;" src="~/media/91F16634EB3843188F9B17411FFDF718.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" src="~/media/20AD9902814042CAB6B5DCD8FAE795F4.ashx?h=375&amp;w=500" />&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" src="~/media/BBAF516770E54B68AB18184849E33088.ashx?h=375&amp;w=500" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 467px;" src="~/media/5B56C8F46B26454EB516F01ECF705628.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We were able to identify the owners of some of the stolen items, but a few unique items remain unclaimed,&rdquo; says Acting Detective Jonathon Wong with Downtown Division. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re certain that someone is missing these items and are hopeful they will come forward.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Brandon Okimaw, 23, </span></strong><span>has been charged<em> with break and enter (x10), mischief under $5,000 (x4), theft of mail (x2), </em>and<em> breach of recognizance (x19).</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Frank Okimaw, 32, </span></strong><span>has been charged with <em>break and enter (x7), theft of mail (x4), possession of stolen property under $5,000 (x7)</em> and <em>mischief under $5,000.</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><em></em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone who has information about stolen property is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: blue;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> 16 Feb 2018 23:11:00 UT Police remind motorists to “Practise Safe Text” on Valentine’s Day http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/distracteddrivingvalentinesday.aspx This Valentine’s Day the Edmonton Police Service is reminding motorists to keep their eyes on the road and “Practise Safe Text.” <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>February 12-16, 2018 marks distracted driving enforcement week where officers across the city will focus their efforts on inattentive drivers. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The number of tickets we issue only represents a fraction of the people we see,&rdquo; says Const. Trevor Henderson with the EPS West Division Traffic team. &ldquo;Despite the danger of taking your eyes off the road, drivers continue to use their devices behind the wheel.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>According to Alberta Transportation, distracted drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash than attentive drivers. The most common distracted activity seen by EPS officers is texting, though violations have been issued for a variety of distracting activities, including personal grooming and reading printed materials.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The majority of drivers we see during enforcement are caught by surprise and many don&rsquo;t believe they&rsquo;re breaking the law,&rdquo; says Henderson. &ldquo;The law doesn&rsquo;t only restrict manipulating a cell phone or device while driving,&nbsp;such as&nbsp;texting or talking, it also restricts holding or viewing it.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since 2015, the EPS has issued more than 21,000 distracted driving violations.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <table width="200" style="margin: auto auto auto -1.15pt; width: 150pt;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 30.75pt;"> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 1pt; border-style: solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 150pt; height: 30.75pt; text-align: left; background-color: transparent;" colspan="2"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Distracted Driving Violations issued by the EPS<br /> 2015 - 2017</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt; border-style: none solid solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 32.55pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Year</span></strong></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt 0px; border-style: none solid solid none; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 117.45pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Tickets</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt; border-style: none solid solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 32.55pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">2015</span></strong></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt 0px; border-style: none solid solid none; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 117.45pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">5 935 </span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt; border-style: none solid solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 32.55pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">2016</span></strong></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt 0px; border-style: none solid solid none; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 117.45pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;"> 8 065 </span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt; border-style: none solid solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 32.55pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: black;">2017</span></strong></p> </td> <td valign="bottom" style="border-width: 0px 1pt 1pt 0px; border-style: none solid solid none; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 117.45pt; height: 15pt; text-align: left; border-top-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; white-space: nowrap; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;"> 7 403 </span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>While the number of tickets issued decreased slightly in 2017 distracted driving remains an ongoing issue in Edmonton.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The EPS reminds all drivers to put away their devices and has several tips to help motorists "practise safe text&rdquo; and stop their distracted driving habits:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Set your phone and other electronic devices to silent, do not disturb or off before entering your vehicle.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Install a mobile application that blocks phone calls and messages and/or locks your mobile device while driving. Set these apps before entering your vehicle.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Keep your phone out of reach while driving. For example, place it in your trunk, backseat or glove compartment.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;"><span>Tell your passengers and other drivers that phones are not permitted in your vehicle and encourage them to do the same in their vehicles.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Keep your device out of reach and your eyes on the road,&rdquo; affirms Henderson. &ldquo;A phone call, text or social media post is not worth risking your safety and the safety of those around you.&rdquo;</span></p> 14 Feb 2018 13:07:00 UT Police seek public’s assistance in locating Wilfred Souvie http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/assisttolocateSOUVIE.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old <b>Wilfred Morris Souvie</b> who is wanted for <i>breach of probation (x3)</i> and <i>mischief under $5000.</i> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span><br /> <img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 438px;" src="~/media/8015BF22222140B3B87BAE8688693243.ashx?h=438&amp;w=350" /><br /> Wanted: Wilfred Morris Souvie, 30</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Souvie</span></strong><span> is described as 6&rsquo;1&rdquo;, 175lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service considers <strong>Souvie</strong> to be a high risk offender and he should not be approached. Members of the public who have information regarding Souvie&rsquo;s whereabouts are asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service.<br /> <br /> <span style="background-color: #ffff00;"><br /> </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Information can be shared with the EPS by calling 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> 12 Feb 2018 19:25:55 UT Charges laid in recent homicide http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/homicide118Av82Stcharges.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has laid charges in relation to the 28-year-old male who died in north Edmonton last month. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At 6:30 p.m., yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, <strong>Jonathon Soosay, 21,</strong> was arrested, without incident, in the area of 130 Avenue and 60 Street. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Soosay</span></strong><span> has since been charged with <em>second degree murder</em>, <em>robbery, attempted robbery</em>, <em>possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public </em>and <em>breach of a probation order.</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Background</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, Northwest Division officers responded to the report of a personal robbery.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It was reported that two 28-year-old males were waiting at a transit stop west of 82 Street at 118 Avenue just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday when they were approached by an unknown male who allegedly attempted to rob them of their personal belongings. A brief altercation then took place and one of the two males suffered a stab wound. The two males then pursued the male suspect who fled eastbound on the north side of 118 Avenue.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EMS attended, treated and transported the injured 28-year-old male to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Medical Examiner completed an autopsy on the injured male on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 and the cause of death was determined to be a stab wound to the chest. Homicide investigators deemed the manner of death to be a homicide.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> </span></p> <span>Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided not to release the name of the deceased in this investigation for the following reasons: it does not serve an investigative purpose and the EPS has a duty to protect the privacy rights of the victims and their families.<span style="color: black;"><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</span></span> 08 Feb 2018 23:12:00 UT Police investigating citywide thefts of batteries from road signs http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/signbatterythefts.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious activity around City of Edmonton battery-powered display message signs. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 335px;" src="~/media/0E04CD4A7693440C899FC0E2BB37B9D2.ashx?h=335&amp;w=500" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><em>Stock image</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Approximately 130 of these signs are in use around the city to inform road users of issues such as construction, traffic incidents, major events, seasonal parking bans and emergency updates, including Amber Alerts. Most are powered by solar energy, which is stored in six-volt battery units. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The City of Edmonton has reported thefts of these batteries from 18 signs in 2016, 24 in 2017 and five in 2018 to date. The alleged thefts cause damage to the signs, resulting in repair and replacement costs averaging $1,000 per sign each time batteries are forcibly removed.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;These alleged thefts not only cost taxpayer dollars, but more importantly, they deprive road users of critical information that affects their safety and convenience,&rdquo; says Michael Vaudan, senior engineer, City of Edmonton.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re asking citizens to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity around these signs to police,&rdquo; says Det. Pat Bruni with EPS Northeast Division. &ldquo;If it&rsquo;s safe to do so, obtaining a license plate number or even a vehicle description will help us identify suspects.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The only time you should see someone doing maintenance on a display message sign is during regular workday hours,&rdquo; adds Vaudan. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators are encouraging anyone with information </span><span>about this crime to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: blue;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> </span></p> 08 Feb 2018 22:00:00 UT