Success Stories http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories.aspx Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 23 Dec 2014 05:09:19 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2014, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Edmonton Police Commission 2nd and 3rd Quarter Reports to the Community http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/EPCQuarterlyReports2014.aspx Together, the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) have developed a plan to provide exemplary police services and enhance community safety. <p>Each quarter we report on these measures to City Council and the community. </p> <p>Here is the second quarter report to the community: </p> <iframe width="525" height="200" src="//e.issuu.com/embed.html#0/10434412" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>And here is the third quarter report to the community.</p> <iframe width="525" height="200" src="//e.issuu.com/embed.html#0/10435882" frameborder="0"></iframe> 04 Dec 2014 16:22:00 UT Cycle for a special causeā€¦ Cycle for Special Olympics http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CycleForACause2014.aspx Keep warm, get some exercise, and challenge EPS members, all while giving back to a worthy charity: Special Olympics Alberta. <p>The law enforcement torch run charity is hosting the 2014 Cycle for a Cause on Friday, November 28 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on the 4th phase of West Edmonton Mall.</p> <p>Edmonton Police Service officers will be cycling with Special Olympics athletes throughout the day. Think you've got what it takes to cycle with Alberta's finest Olympians and finest police officers? Gather your coworkers, get your family out for a day of exercise and giving, or sign up to challenge yourself. </p> <p>Teams must raise a minimum of $250 and individuals must raise $100 to participate. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a water bottle. </p> <p>To register as a team or as an individual,&nbsp;<a href="https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/LoginRegister.aspx?eventid=154364&amp;langpref=en-CA&amp;Referrer=http%3a%2f%2falbertatorchrun.ca%2fwordpress%2f" target="_blank">click here.</a> </p> 17 Nov 2014 18:48:00 UT This is Who I Am - Chaplain Lawrence Peck http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWIALawrencePeck.aspx This month's This is Who I Am features the Edmonton Police Service's Chaplain, Lawrence Peck. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/I2uwoaO78w4" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Before he became a chaplain, Lawrence Peck built and renovated houses in his native Ontario.&nbsp; Peck recalls spending as much time sitting at peoples&rsquo; kitchen tables, &ldquo;helping them with their family situations&rdquo;, as he did working on their houses.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Ever since I was a young person I&rsquo;ve been a magnet for people struggling with stuff,&rdquo; the 55-year-old Peck says.&nbsp; &ldquo;I guess I&rsquo;m an easy guy to talk to.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">After ten years as a contractor, Peck sold his business and, with wife Melanie, moved to Nova Scotia, where he enrolled in divinity school.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Four years later, the newly graduated Peck found himself in Labrador, building a church, &ldquo;literally from the ground up,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;It was supposed to be a two-year term.&nbsp; We ended up staying eleven years.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Peck spent much of that time as a volunteer chaplain with the RCMP, providing residents and police officers with non-denominational, faith-based counselling.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;I started off intervening in crisis situations for RCMP members.&nbsp; That grew into supporting people in the community as they coped with suicides, violence, and other social issues. The north is a beautiful place, but it takes its toll on people.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Peck was hired as a full-time chaplain by the Edmonton Police Service four and a half years ago.&nbsp; He has an office in Police Headquarters, but he&rsquo;s rarely there.&nbsp; &ldquo;I like to get out and talk to people on their own turf.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Full-time chaplains are a rarity in Canada&rsquo;s law enforcement community.&nbsp; Peck says it is a privilege and an honour to be able to help EPS employees deal with the difficult times in their lives. &ldquo;Most of us are oblivious to what&rsquo;s really going on in the city.&nbsp; Police officers see the underbelly of society every day.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Peck encourages people to know their limits, and to understand what sets them off.&nbsp; &ldquo;If you know what you struggle with, you&rsquo;ll have a better chance of being healthy.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">One of his responsibilities is talking to police recruits.&nbsp; Standing at the front of the classroom, eager young faces staring back at him, Peck reminds the recruits that just because they wear a uniform they are not supermen and women.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;I tell them to listen to their inner spirit, their gut.&nbsp; If something&rsquo;s not right in their lives, if something&rsquo;s not in sync, that inner voice will tell them.&nbsp; The key is making sure you hear it, and respond to it.&rdquo;</p> 03 Nov 2014 15:00:00 UT This is Who I Am - Insp. Joel Whittaker http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWIAJoelWhittaker.aspx This month's This is Who I Am features Inspector Joel Whittaker, now one of four Duty Officers within the Edmonton Police Service. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CU5pqpAE7Vk" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Joel Whittaker joined the Edmonton Police Service on March 17, 1986.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">He was nineteen.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I submitted my application as soon as I graduated from high school,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">His timing coincided with the end of a four year hiring freeze at the EPS.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I was one of twenty-six people accepted into Recruit Training Class #86.&nbsp; It was a great honour.&nbsp; I knew I was very lucky.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Nine months later, Whittaker was sent to West Division, where he would spend three years learning policing from the ground up.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">In 1990, a posting for the Service&rsquo;s elite Tactical unit caught Whittaker&rsquo;s attention.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was one of the biggest challenges of my career,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Qualifying officers had to participate in a gruelling &ldquo;run-off&rdquo;.&nbsp; &ldquo;They really pushed us, mentally and physically.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">It was tough, but the twenty three-year old Whittaker succeeded, becoming the youngest police officer in the Service&rsquo;s history to join Tactical.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;Tactical is where I really learned the value of team work,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp; &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t do it by yourself.&nbsp; You need to rely on your team members.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Whittaker&rsquo;s specialty was close protection work.&nbsp; &ldquo;I was a bodyguard for dignitaries who visited Edmonton.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">With special fondness, he recalls protecting former president George Bush (Senior).&nbsp; Whittaker worked alongside Secret Service agents and members of the RCMP during Bush&rsquo;s stay in the city.&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;He was really down to earth.&nbsp; A real kidder behind closed doors.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Whittaker followed up his time in Tactical with stints in the Cultural Resources Unit, Court Liaison, and Downtown Division.&nbsp; Each new posting gave him the opportunity to enhance his knowledge of policing and the justice system.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Today, Whittaker puts that extensive knowledge to use as one of four Duty Officers responsible for overseeing frontline police operations in Edmonton.&nbsp; He sees his new role as &ldquo;the final exam&rdquo; for everything he has learned and done in a career that spans more than a quarter of a century.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud and happy to have worked all of the places I have.&nbsp; This is a very rewarding job.&rdquo;</p> 06 Oct 2014 14:04:00 UT 2014 First Quarter Report to the Community http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2014EPCQ1ReporttoCommunity.aspx Together, the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) have developed a plan to provide exemplary police services and enhance community safety. <p>Each quarter we report on these measures to City Council and the community. </p> <a href="~/media/9B0A195CFB6943C187BCBF551A56ABF0.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect">View the First Quarter Report to the Community for 2014</a> 02 May 2014 15:00:00 UT McCauley Cup December 23, 2014 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/McCauleyCup2014.aspx <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 254px;" src="~/media/AAD3A052A7B6447D97814952E6A3036F.ashx" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Players will enjoy meeting alumni from the Edmonton Oilers, drinking hot chocolate and sporting matching hockey jerseys and take home a participant medal provided by Elite Sportswear. The Edmonton Oilers have donated some treats for the players that will be given out after the game. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Extra equipment will also be donated by Sports Central so every kid can get laced up for the game! </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">A member from the EPS Canine Unit and a Police Service Dog will also make a special appearance and cheer on all of the players. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Building positive relationships, as well as enjoying a winter activity with local adults and children, is always important and always fun! The McCauley Cup will continue the tradition of connecting with the community through hockey.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The game starts at 1 p.m. at the McCauley outdoor skating rink, which is located at 96 Street and 108 Avenue. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the teams, as well as enjoy a bonfire, hot drinks, hot dogs and prizes with the players during and after the game. All spectators are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation to the Edmonton Food Bank.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Edmonton Police Service would like to thank Sports Central, United Cycle, Elite Sports and the Edmonton Oilers for their donations to the 2014 McCauley Cup.</p> 18 Dec 2014 15:28:00 UT Domestic violence should be taken seriously by all http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/DomesticViolenceArticle.aspx <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">"Domestic violence is a serious and complex crime that cuts across all social, economic and cultural groups. It adversely affects all aspects of society and is a devastating reality for victims, families and children who witness or live with the consequences of that violence. </p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This past November was Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. This started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton, Alberta where concerned residents launched a family violence education and prevention campaign. This grassroots effort inspired the Alberta Legislature to support family violence prevention as an ongoing provincial initiative, resulting in the creation of Family Violence Prevention Month. <a href="http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/15676.html" target="_blank">Today, hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Last year, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) investigated 7679 reports of domestic violence. The EPS defines domestic violence as any physical or sexual force, actual or threated, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence or a number of acts that form a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive or controlling behavior.&nbsp; The pattern of abuse may include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and threats to harm children, other family members, pets, and property. </p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The EPS is committed to providing the best possible service to victims of domestic violence. There are currently over 90 Victim Support Team (VST) officers in the city&rsquo;s five Patrol Divisions that provide follow-up intervention (safety planning) to victims of domestic violence in addition to their regular patrol duties. VST officers help make victims aware of their safety options and connect victims to community resources and support networks. The EPS&rsquo; Domestic Violence Intervention Team Constables, City of Edmonton Community Services Social Workers and Victim Services Unit Volunteer Advocates also provide follow-up intervention, support and safety planning strategies to victims of domestic violence. </p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">But, police can&rsquo;t do it alone! We require the support of our community partnerships, stakeholders, and the collective and committed efforts of everyone, to help eradicate domestic violence in our community and reduce and prevent re-victimization. &nbsp;Domestic violence is a community problem that requires a community solution.&nbsp;&nbsp; As citizens and human beings, we have a moral obligation to look out for each other. We <i>must</i> report these horrific crimes in order that police may investigate, arrest the offenders responsible and bring them before the courts to be held accountable for their actions. </p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>No one should live in fear in their own home! The next time you witness abuse, or suspect a family member, friend or colleague is a victim of domestic violence, make that call to police&hellip;someone&rsquo;s life depends on it. </b></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>What can you do</b>?&nbsp; If you witness someone being abused or are the victim of domestic violence, call 9-1-1 for any crime in progress or for a life threatening emergency, and 780-423-4567 for non-emergency.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>To talk confidentially with a social worker</b>: 780-496-4777 City of Edmonton Assessment and Short-Term Counselling</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>For information on resources in Edmonton and across the province</b>: 310-1818 (toll free) Family Violence Info Line. Help is available in 170 languages, 24/7. Call to find out what help is available in your community."</p> <p>Cst. Alana Savage<br /> Southeast Division<br /> Edmonton Police Service</p> <p>You can also view the Edmonton Police Service's <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=99E2E2B7E3E7E37D12F7905F1FA760B8&amp;_z=z">Domestic Violence webpage </a>for more information and to view our "Speak Out" campaign.</p> 12 Dec 2014 18:07:00 UT Recruit Constables decorate house for fellow officer http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/BryceClarke.aspx <p>Acting Detective Bryce Clarke is one of only two quadriplegic police officers in the country. Injured after diving into a swimming pool in 2001, he underwent intensive treatment at the U of A Hospital and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Returning to work in 2002, he is a member of the Homicide Section, where he focusses on Historical Homicides.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each Christmas, I rely on a network of friends and family to put up lights on the outside of my house,&rdquo; he notes. &ldquo;This year, the stars just didn&rsquo;t line up for me. I was thinking about who I could hire to do the job. Then, I saw the poster for Recruit Training Class (RTC) 131 in their drive to raise money for their graduation ceremony. I gave them a call, and the rest is history!&rdquo;<img alt="" style="margin-top: 3px; width: 350px; margin-bottom: 3px; float: right; height: 232px; margin-left: 4px;" src="~/media/7F89116FC8CB457582D805D180ED76A0.ashx" /></p> <p>&ldquo;Even though we&rsquo;re in the middle of training, we have to make time to raise funds for our grad,&rdquo; says Recruit Constable. Travis Larsen. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re happy to help Bryce get his house ready for Christmas.&rdquo;</p> <p>The intense training program takes up most of their time, but the members of RTC 131 enjoy spending time together on fundraising projects. Such projects help to forge ever-stronger bonds between the recruits.</p> 09 Dec 2014 15:24:00 UT Harry Hole Community Policing Award Winner http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/HarryHole2014Winner.aspx On Wednesday, October 8, a long-time EPS volunteer was recognized with an award at the 14th Annual Edmonton Police Foundation True Blue Gala. <p>The Harry Hole Community Policing Award acknowledges a dedicated individual whose volunteer initiative has made Edmonton&rsquo;s neighbourhoods safer places to live and work, and whose energy and ideas have encouraged citizens and communities to find solutions together.</p> <p>This year this prestigious award winner is: <b>Bill Killinger</b></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zj8u3zzvpWI" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Mr. Killinger is a vital member of the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Hard Target Personal Safety Seminars. This is an initiative started by the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Downtown Division community liaison office in response to a growing trend in property and violent crimes against the stakeholders of Central Edmonton. Hard Target&rsquo;s goal is reducing the likelihood of Edmontonians becoming victims of crime.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Mr. Killinger also completed the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Citizens&rsquo; Police Academy and also volunteered on multiple occasions to help with internal EPS training videos for sworn-members in regards to improvement of officer safety tactics.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Mr. Killinger&rsquo;s community involvement expands beyond just safety initiatives; he also hosts and leads regular sweat lodge ceremonies. Mr. Killinger extends invitations for members of the public to attend these inclusive events which help to spread educational awareness of aboriginal customs and culture. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The impact of Mr. Killinger&rsquo;s accomplishments in the community is quite substantial. Over 600 individuals have benefited from the Hard Target training seminars alone, and as a result have been able to reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime. Countless more have received advice and support from Mr. Killinger towards their family&rsquo;s concerns and needs.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Mr. Killinger first began volunteering with Edmonton Police Service back in 2010. He has since contributed well over 250 hours of his personal time towards giving back to the community just with the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s initiatives alone.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Mr. Killinger&rsquo;s commitment to the community has been--and continues to be--invaluable.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" width="400" height="247" src="~/media/2468ED3A360D476EACD037391635672D.ashx" /></p> 10 Oct 2014 13:40:00 UT Cst. Alana Savage to run 10 mile marathon as a Medtronic Global Hero http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/AlanaSavageMarathonStory.aspx Edmonton Police Service's Cst. Alana Savage will be participating in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon this Sunday, October 5, 2014. <p>The Edmonton Police Service's very own Cst. Alana&nbsp;Savage is one of 25 long-distance runners who all benefit from medical technology&nbsp;and will be honoured as "Medtronic Global Heroes" this Sunday, October 5, 2014. </p> <p>Alana joined the EPS in 2002. Seven years later, as she was preparing to return to EPS after having her third child, Alana was diagnosed with a hole in her heart. </p> <p>The Edmonton Journal published Alana's story last week and Fox 9 interviewed Alana yesterday. </p> <p><a href="http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Discovery+hole+heart+changes+life+work+police+officer/10223403/story.html" target="_blank">Click to read the Edmonton Journal article.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/26694050/marathon-vip-mother-with-heart-healing-device-to-run-10-miles" target="_blank">Click to watch the Fox 9 video.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about the Medtronic Marathon, <a href="http://www.medtronic.com/globalheroes/index.html" target="_blank">visit their website.</a></p> 03 Oct 2014 14:34:00 UT