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 21 Aug 2017 18:00:43 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2016, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. EPS 125th Anniversary Picnic in the Park http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/EPS125thAnniversaryPicnicinthePark.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is inviting citizens to join them for a picnic in the park in celebration of their 125th anniversary. Everyone is welcome. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 236px;" src="~/media/13CF1EB3035D4ADBBB232F80F802684A.ashx?h=236&amp;w=450" />&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>EPS 125<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Picnic in the Park</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Borden</span><span> Park</span><span>, 7703 Borden Park Road</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1 &ndash; 5 p.m.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Free parking in Northlands Park South Lot </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It will be an afternoon of fun with free family activities, games, prize draws, entertainment, and free hot dogs for the first 1,000 people.&nbsp; EPS specialized units such as Air One, Tactical, Canine, and Crime Scenes Investigations (CSI) will also be on display.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;This is a great opportunity for people to get up close and personal with the officers and equipment operating behind the scenes to keep our city safe,&rdquo; says Chief Rod Knecht.&nbsp; &ldquo;We have all of them together in one place, and typically the only time these units come together is during a major emergency.&nbsp; This time, they&rsquo;ll be able to take a few moments to talk, answer questions, and even have some fun.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>There will be&nbsp;children's activities such as face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, and a petting zoo too.&nbsp; Children of all ages can try out the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, or the Recruiting Unit&rsquo;s Officer Skills Challenge. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It will be &lsquo;back to the future&rsquo; as future EPS constables (Recruit Training Class #140) attempt to re-create the classic tug-of-war and sack race challenges from days gone by.&nbsp; Youth are also challenged to follow in the footsteps of Canada&rsquo;s first Indigenous police officer and Olympian, and check their speed in the Const. Alex Decoteau Dash. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Much like other picnics and get-togethers with family and friends, it will feature toe-tapping music, including a country / rock band made up entirely of EPS officers, and a performance by </span><span>up-and-coming country sensation Hailey Benedict, </span><span>the 15-year-old granddaughter of a retired EPS detective. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The public can also enter to win numerous prizes for all ages, such as two tickets to an Edmonton Oilers versus Philadelphia Flyers game at Rogers Place (donated by the Oilers Entertainment Group), and an adult grand prize of a once-in-a-lifetime ride-along on the new EPS Air One helicopter. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The picnic is sponsored by the Edmonton Police Foundation, whose community and corporate support has been invaluable to the Edmonton Police Service.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The Foundation has a powerful and positive relationship with the EPS, and we are proud to sponsor the Picnic in the Park as part of their 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary milestone,&rdquo; says Karla Schell, Executive Director of the Edmonton Police Foundation.&nbsp; &ldquo;Police play a vital role in our community every day, but when you consider the impact a police officer has on a child&rsquo;s life simply by playing with them, it&rsquo;s clear that an event like this is an investment in the future.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Chief Knecht adds, &ldquo;Throughout our anniversary celebrations we&rsquo;ve seen an outpouring of appreciation and support from the community that we&rsquo;re truly thankful for.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s a sense of pride in what we&rsquo;ve accomplished together and where we&rsquo;re going as a police service.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS was created 125 years ago when Mayor Matthew McCauley issued Bylaw #15 on June 20, 1892, which allowed the municipality to appoint town constables to keep the peace.&nbsp; Since that time, EPS officers have been dedicated to protect, and proud to serve, the citizens of Edmonton.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>For more information, please visit </span><span><a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/125years"><span>www.edmontonpolice.ca/125years</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/1539270CF5DF4C54A2E6D5036C74CF14.ashx?h=450&amp;w=450" /></span></p> 19 Aug 2017 19:25:00 UT Police seek public’s assistance locating missing man http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/missingmansw.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s help locating a missing 52-year-old Edmonton man. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Deepakkumar Shienh, 52,</span></strong><span> was last seen leaving his residence at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 in the area of Ellerslie Road and 111 Street. <strong>Shienh&rsquo;</strong>s vehicle, a gold Ford Fusion, was recovered in the area of Victoria Park at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Police conducted a search in the area, but <strong>Shienh</strong> was not located.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Shienh</span></strong><span> is described as 5&rsquo;7&rdquo;, 170 lbs with black hair and dark brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark grey t-shirt, blue jeans, blue running shoes and a grey hoodie. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 379px;" src="~/media/356357045AAE4C84BA96F029598F0A36.ashx?h=379&amp;w=400" />&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Missing: Deepakkumar Shienh, 52<br /> <br /> </span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Shienh&rsquo;</span></strong><span><strong>s</strong> disappearance is considered to be out of character, and as a result, there are concerns for his well-being. There are no indications to suggest foul play, at this time.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information regarding <strong>Shienh&rsquo;s</strong> whereabouts is encouraged to call the Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>. </span></p> 17 Aug 2017 22:08:00 UT EPS lay charges in “chop shop” investigation http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/chopshopcharges.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has laid a number of charges in relation to an extensive “chop shop” investigation that started in June. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">With the assistance of the RCMP Auto Theft North, EPS dismantled a large chop shop in earlier this summer after executing a search warrant on </span><span style="color: black;">Car Masters Collision Ltd. in northeast Edmonton. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&ldquo;We believe there are more than 140 complainants in this file,&rdquo; says Dwayne Karpo with the EPS Auto Theft Unit. &ldquo;Many of the recovered items were reported to various policing agencies.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Three individuals have been charged in relation to this file: <strong>Allan McKay, 53, Crystal McKay 35, Amanda Stepien, 33</strong>. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The charges include<strong>: </strong></span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>Possession of stolen property over $5,000 (global charge for 142 complainants)</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>Possession of stolen property under $5,000</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>Possession of property for purposes of trafficking</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>Alter or remove VIN</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>Fraud over $5,000<br /> Unauthorized possession of prohibited device<br /> Participation in criminal organization&nbsp;</span></em><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We believe this was a highly organized chop shop,&rdquo; says Karpo, &ldquo;This was a complex investigation and the EPS used significant internal and external resources to identify all of the vehicle components.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents a majority of insurance products in Canada. With their expertise, the IBC assisted the EPS to identify the stolen vehicles and auto parts in this complex file. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>"The IBC commends the Edmonton Police Service for its focus on organized auto crime groups. &nbsp;We were pleased to provide assistance in this investigation in support of our law enforcement partners,&rdquo; says Bill Adams, Vice President, Western Region, IBC. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>After a lengthy process of sorting through all of the various vehicle pieces, police discovered the following:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Theft of auto files reported:</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Edmonton Police Service files: 87 </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>RCMP files: 68 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Calgary Police files: 6</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Estimated value of vehicles: more than $7 Million*.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The most expensive vehicle was 2012 Dodge 3500 estimated value: $109,000.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>*The value is an estimate based on the year, make and model of vehicles. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Vehicles Recovered in part or whole:</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Vehicles: 159 (141 reported stolen)</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Stolen vehicles recovered by make:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Ford: 28 </span><span>Dodge: 79 </span></li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>GMC/Chevrolet: 13 </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Miscellaneous Vehicles: 19 </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Trailer: 1</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Heavy Equipment (bobcat): 1</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Stolen licence plates recovered: 20 (13 EPS files, 7 RCMP files)</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&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>On Thursday, June 1, 2017, police conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 </span><span>Dodge Ram truck with a flat deck trailer</span><span> in the area of 121 Avenue and 76 Street</span><span>. Police discovered the trailer was stolen and the truck was displaying an unauthorized licence plate. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <span>A subsequent search warrant was executed on a business and police recovered another stolen 2013 Dodge Ram truck (with an estimated value of $80,000) in the shop that was&nbsp;in the process of&nbsp;being dismantled.&nbsp;</span> 16 Aug 2017 16:21:48 UT Police charge man following abduction of five-year-old; investigators praise sibling for swift action http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/allegedabductionaug15.aspx The EPS Child Protection Section has charged a 37-year-old man on Saturday, after he allegedly abducted a five-year-old girl who was outside riding her bike with her older brother. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 8:15 p.m., on August 12, 2017, police responded to the area of 157 Street and 99 Avenue after it was reported a five-year-old girl had been approached by a male not known to her. The male allegedly took hold of the girl&rsquo;s handle bars and led her away from the area on foot.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The girl&rsquo;s older brother, who was with her at the time, ran to a nearby residence where he notified another family member of the alleged abduction. Family members took chase in the direction the suspect fled and located the five-year-old girl minutes later, approximately one block away, safe and unharmed. Police located the male suspect in the area shortly thereafter.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;This young man followed his instincts and certainly did the right thing by running home and notifying family members immediately,&rdquo; says Det. Manuel Illner with the EPS Child Protection Section. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;I encourage all parents to talk to their children about what to do in the event they are approached by a stranger,&rdquo; says Illner. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Illner praised the young boy for his swift action and attempts to protect his little sister.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Dusty Greg Chalifoux, 37,</span></strong><span> is charged with <em>abducting a child under 14 years of age </em>and<em> breaching recognizance. </em><span style="background: yellow;"><br /> <br /> </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS Child Protection detectives continue to investigate. <br /> <br /> Anyone with information about this incident is asked 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><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a><span>.</span></p> 15 Aug 2017 17:00:14 UT Man charged in relation to stolen Griesbach memorial plaques http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/griesbachthiefchargedaug11.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has identified and charged a 45-year-old man in relation to the theft and destruction of several memorial plaques from the Griesbach community last month. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, it was reported that 17 memorial plaques were stolen from a green space in Griesbach. As a result of media coverage, investigators from Northwest Division were contacted the following day (July 26, 2017) by a local scrap metal dealer, after staff recognized the plaques.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="background: yellow;"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br /> On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, <strong>Romelo Joseph Woolf, 45,</strong> was arrested and charged with <em>possession of stolen property over $5,000</em> and <em>fraud under $5,000.</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>While it was initially reported that 17 memorial plaques were missing, investigators recovered 18 plaques in total &ndash; 15 of which were unsalvageable and the other three were damaged, although intact.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The City of Edmonton is working alongside the Griesbach community and community stakeholders to replace the memorial plaques and repair the pedestals they were mounted on,&rdquo; says Det. Eric Wilde with Northwest Division&rsquo;s Criminal Investigation Section.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We are grateful to the media for covering this story, which ultimately led us to these invaluable plaques,&rdquo; says Wilde.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Woolf is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The investigation continues.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><span style="background-color: #ffff00;"><br /> <br /> </span>Anyone with information about this incident is asked 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><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a><span>.</span><span style="color: #1f497d;">&nbsp;</span></p> 11 Aug 2017 21:11:58 UT STAT investigation takes drugs, trafficking money off city streets http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/statcdsawarrant.aspx Edmonton Police Service STAT members have charged three men with trafficking and seized thousands of dollars as a result of an investigation in July. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A CDSA search warrant was executed on a residence in the area of 103 Street and 161 Avenue on Thursday, July 20 and two vehicles were seized as part of the investigation.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span><span>One of the vehicles, a Jeep Liberty, contained a sophisticated aftermarket hidden compartment in its trunk, in which members located $125,000 CAD and 2.9 kg of pressed soft cocaine.&nbsp; Officers found 1 kg of cocaine in the second vehicle, a Range Rover.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>When officers conducted the CDSA search warrant on the residence, they located the following:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>More than $54,000 in Canadian currency</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>2,553.8 g of buffing agent</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>1,339.7 g of cocaine (including crack cocaine)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>459.6 g of methamphetamine</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>2,295 pills suspected to be oxycodone</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>0.6 g of heroin</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A money counter, scale and heat sealer</span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Multiple packaging materials and empty cocaine wrappers</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The following individuals have been charged:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <strong><span>Rabeeh Abdul-Khalek, 27</span></strong><span>, was charged with <em>trafficking controlled substance</em>, <em>possession for the purpose of trafficking </em><em>(X4), </em><em>possession of a controlled substance</em> (X3).<br /> <br /> <strong>Derek Babysh, 29</strong>, was charged with <em>trafficking controlled substance</em>. <br /> <br /> <strong>Yu Tang, 30</strong>, was charged with <em>possession for the purpose of trafficking</em>.</span> 11 Aug 2017 14:49:00 UT Police investigating early-morning pedestrian/vehicle collision in SW http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/pedcollisionclgytrail.aspx The Edmonton Police Service Major Collision Investigations Unit is investigating a pedestrian/vehicle collision that occurred overnight in southwest Edmonton, which sent a 23-year-old male to hospital with serious injuries. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Southwest Division patrol officers responded to the collision call at approximately 2 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017, on Calgary Trail just north of the Whitemud. Upon arrival officers found a male lying on the ground in the middle of the road in medical duress. <br /> <br /> Paramedics treated and transported the male to hospital, where he remains today in serious condition. <br /> <br /> The driver of an unidentified vehicle left the scene after the collision, and may have driven westbound down the 106 Street exit ramp. Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have information about the driver and/or the vehicle involved. <br /> <br /> Anyone with information is encouraged </span><span style="color: #333333;">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>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.</span></p> 10 Aug 2017 21:47:17 UT Graduation Day for 30 New Edmonton Police Officers http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/GraduationRTC138.aspx Friends and family will come together to celebrate the swearing-in of 22 men and 8 women from Recruit Training Class 138. <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>The ceremony will take place:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Friday, August 11, 2017</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;"><strong><span>1 &ndash; 3 p.m.</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;"><strong><span>City Room (Main Floor) Edmonton City Hall</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm; text-align: center;"><strong><span>1 Sir Winston Churchill Square</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>Chief Rod Knecht will be joined at the ceremony by MLA David Shepherd, Deputy Mayor Tony Caterina and Cathy Palmer, Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>The program will include a formal procession by the EPS Honour Guard, performances by the EPS Pipes and Drums and the EPS Chorus, colourful flag and marching drills, comments from EPS members and special guests, and diploma presentations.&nbsp; Recruit class members will also receive recognition awards for demonstrating excellence in problem solving, officer safety, academics, humanitarianism, fitness and the trainers&rsquo; choice category.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>Members of the public and media are invited to join family and friends at the graduation ceremony. Interviews will take place following the ceremony.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm -1.5pt 0pt 0cm;"><span>For information on joining the EPS, please visit <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/">www.joinEPS.ca</a>. </span></p> 10 Aug 2017 20:24:16 UT Homicide detectives release surveillance image of suspect vehicle http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/penacsuspectvehicle.aspx Homicide detectives are releasing a surveillance image of a suspect vehicle wanted in connection with the shooting death Saturday of Peter Penac. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators believe the vehicle (see image below) is a 1998-2003 red, two door, Ford Escort. A nearby surveillance camera recorded images of the suspect vehicle leaving the area Saturday evening, directly following the shooting incident. <br /> <br /> An autopsy conducted by the Edmonton Medical Examiner&rsquo;s Officer earlier this week confirmed <strong>Penac, 31, </strong>died as a result of a gunshot wound in connection with the shooting incident that occurred on Saturday, Aug. 5<sup>th</sup>. <br /> <br /> <strong>Penac</strong> was shot while sitting in his vehicle in a northwest Edmonton residential neighbourhood Saturday evening at approximately 9:50 p.m. He was treated and transported to hospital by paramedics where he would eventually succumb to his injuries Monday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2017. <br /> <br /> Investigators continue to seek information surrounding <strong>Penac&rsquo;s </strong>death<strong>, </strong>which has now been officially deemed Edmonton&rsquo;s 31<sup>st</sup> homicide of 2017. <br /> <br /> </span><span>Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this suspect vehicle or this homicide is asked 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>.<br /> <br /> </span><span><strong>Background:</strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Northwest Division patrol officers responded to a residential address near 130 Street and 129 Avenue, after receiving a weapons complaint at approximately 9:50 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.<br /> <br /> Upon arrival, officers found a male who appeared to have sustained a gun-shot wound slumped over in a vehicle that was parked on a residential street.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" width="863" height="353" src="~/media/BD2A9A59CC354B06B21F785121D97BDA.ashx" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><strong><span>Homcide #31: Suspect Vehicle is believed <br /> to be a </span><span>1998-2003 red, two door, Ford Escort.</span></strong><br /> <br /> </span></p> 10 Aug 2017 18:16:46 UT Homicide detectives release name of shooting victim http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/nwshootingupate.aspx Homicide detectives are releasing the name of a 31-year-old male who was shot while sitting in his vehicle in northwest Edmonton Saturday evening with the hope that it will generate information that assists them with their investigation. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Homicide detectives, who have since taken over the investigation, believe that <strong>Peter Penac, 31, </strong>was sitting in his white, four-door Lexus when he was shot Saturday evening. <br /> <br /> <strong>Penac, </strong>who is known to police, sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting incident, which occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m., Aug. 5, while parked in a northwest residential neighbourhood near 130 Street and 129 Avenue. <br /> <br /> The 31 year old remains in hospital this afternoon in critical condition.<br /> <br /> </span><span>Anyone with information about this shooting and/or <strong>Penac&rsquo;s </strong>whereabouts leading up to Saturday&rsquo;s incident is asked 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>.<br /> </span><span><br /> <strong>Background:</strong></span></p> <span>Northwest Division patrol officers responded to a residential address near 130 Street and 129 Avenue, after receiving a weapons complaint at approximately 9:50 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.<br /> <br /> Upon arrival, officers found a male who appeared to have sustained gun-shot wounds slumped over in a vehicle that was parked on a residential street.<br /> <br /> There are no suspect or suspect vehicle descriptions available at this time.</span> 06 Aug 2017 22:38:08 UT