Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 21 Apr 2014 12:08:56 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2014, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. EPS launches digital comic book <p><em>&ldquo;Alex Decoteau!&rdquo;&nbsp;Alex stepped forward at the sound of his name. The small crowd of family members and well-wishers who came to witness the swearing-in of the city&rsquo;s newest police officers, clapped in appreciation.&nbsp; </em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">One hundred and thirteen years ago, Alex Decoteau made Canadian policing history.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The young Metis man from Saskatchewan moved to Edmonton in 1909 to work in his brother-in-law&rsquo;s machine shop.&nbsp;Two years later, Alex joined the Edmonton Police Department, becoming the first Aboriginal police officer in Canada.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Now, Alex&rsquo;s life story is the subject of LEGACY OF HEROES, a digital comic produced by the Edmonton Police Service.</p> <div data-configid="1740903/7342339" style="width: 525px; height: 340px;" class="issuuembed"></div><script type="text/javascript" src="//" async="true"></script> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Legacy of Heroes was created to tell the community about the remarkable people and events that are part of the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s history,&rdquo; says Michael James, supervisor in charge of the Digital Media Unit, which created LEGACY OF HEROES.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">A special printing of three thousand copies of LEGACY OF HEROES were distributed to students who attended the Truth and Reconciliation Event in Edmonton in March.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;The TRC had never heard Alex Decoteau&rsquo;s story before,&rdquo; says Staff Sergeant Dan Jones, who heads up the Service&rsquo;s Aboriginal Relations Unit.&nbsp;&ldquo;They were impressed by what I told them. Alex&rsquo;s story is very inspirational.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">James says his staff is already hard at work on the next issue of LEGACY OF HEROES.&nbsp; &ldquo;This time we are focusing on a unique moment not only in the history of the Service, but in the history of policing in Canada.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><em>Alex came to attention; back straight, chest out.&nbsp;Chief of Police A.C. Lancey pinned a shiny silver badge to Alex&rsquo;s dark blue uniform.&nbsp;The Chief offered Alex his hand.&nbsp; As Alex took it, the Chief said, &ldquo;Welcome to the Edmonton Police Department.&rdquo;&nbsp;Alex beamed.&nbsp;Today was the proudest moment of his life.</em></p> <p> For more about Alex Decoteau, see the attached video interview with Decoteau's niece, Izola Mottershead. <ul> <li> <a href=""> Legacy of Heroes - The Alex Decoteau Story - The violin </a></li> <li> <a href=""> Legacy of Heroes - The Alex Decoteau Story - The pocket watch </a></li> </ul> </p> <p>Stay tuned to for future comics in the Legacy of Heroes series!</p> 02 Apr 2014 20:21:00 UT Canine nabs seven bad guys in one night! The EPS Canine Teams had several successful tracks within a span of six hours. Two teams successfully tracked in seven separate incidents on March 25 and 26, catching the suspects in each case. <p><img alt="" style="width: 250px; margin-bottom: 4px; float: left; height: 167px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/ED8E7D4C029941A08987ED8E2C4192A6.ashx" />The Canine Team of Const. Lang and Police Service Dog (PSD)&nbsp;Ryker assisted West Division officers who responded to an attempted theft of auto and assault around 9 p.m. at 93 Avenue and 154 Street. The complainant was threatened with a knife and screwdriver, before the suspect fled on foot. Const. Lang deployed PSD Ryker and the suspect was located at a bus stop at 100 Avenue and 149 Street, where the accused was arrested. </p> <p>&nbsp;Const. Lang and PSD Ryker then assisted Southeast patrol members who responded to an assault at a home in the area of 105 Avenue and 76 Street, around 10 p.m. that same evening. Officers attempted to arrest a male suspect for outstanding warrants, when he became belligerent and attempted to assault the officers. While officers attempted to subdue the man, he proceeded to flee the home through a basement window.&nbsp;Canine Unit was requested, a track from the home was established, and citizens who saw the suspect fleeing assisted with descriptions and the direction of travel. Const. Lang and PSD Ryker tracked for several blocks, eventually arresting the suspect in the river valley near 107 Avenue and Hardisty Drive.</p> <p>&nbsp;A short time later, around 11:30 p.m., Southeast members responded to 79 Street and 22 Avenue for a theft in progress, where a male was observed checking cars in the neighborhood. Members arrived on scene and observed the male in the lane near the callers address. Members engaged in a foot pursuit with the suspect male and&nbsp;a Canine&nbsp;Team was called to assist. Points were set up and Const. Lang and PSD Ryker once again joined the&nbsp;action,&nbsp;tracking north to 81 Street and 24 Avenue where the male was located hiding in a yard, and was arrested. </p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 250px; margin-bottom: 3px; float: right; height: 167px; margin-left: 3px;" src="~/media/079890C9AE32418A8CD44501FCF8F395.ashx" />A few hours later, just after 1 a.m. on March 26,&nbsp; North Division patrol officers pulled over a suspicious vehicle at 50 Street and 165 Avenue. The driver fled on foot immediately. Const. Garth deployed PSD Quattro in a tracking capacity along 165 Avenue for almost half a kilometre, eventually locating the suspect driver hiding in the reeds by a frozen pond.&nbsp; </p> <p>Also early that morning, Const. Garth and PSD Quattro tracked three male suspects through countless yards and over numerous fences. The three males were reported for breaking into a vehicle at 43 Avenue and 68 Street. </p> <p>The track continued at a fast pace for 5 km, when a home owner in the area of 34 Avenue and 71 Street reported that one of the same males was trying to break into his home. Southeast patrol officers took the man into custody and Const. Garth and PSD Quattro, with back up from other officers, continued to track for the other two suspects, who were reported to be armed. A second male, who was hiding two houses to the north, was located by PSD Quattro. The track then continued for another kilometre over fences and yards, eventually ending in the foyer of an apartment building at 76 Street and 38 Avenue where PSD Quattro located the third male hiding inside. </p> <p>Congrats to our Canine Unit, PSDs Ryker and Quattro and Constables Lang and Garth on a night of successful tracks!</p> 27 Mar 2014 16:27:00 UT Be careful what you throw into the recycle bin “It’s easy to simply toss everything into the recycle bin,” says Constable Nadine Swist of the Edmonton Police Service Economic Crimes Section. <p>Opportunistic criminals view recycle bins as potential gold mines for personal information.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fraudsters are happy to find ATM receipts, cancelled cheques, or even mailing labels with your name and home address. They can use these documents to steal your identity,&rdquo; notes Swist.</p> <p><b>If you have to ask . . .</b></p> <p>If you have to ask yourself, &ldquo;Hmmm, I wonder if should shred this or just toss it into recycling?&rdquo; Don&rsquo;t think twice about it&nbsp;- just shred it!</p> <p><b>Shred This Top 20</b></p> <ol> <li style="color: black;">Obsolete financial records, including loan applications </li> <li style="color: black;">Pre-approved credit card applications </li> <li style="color: black;">Personal medical records or physician statements </li> <li style="color: black;">Correspondence and tax preparation worksheets </li> <li style="color: black;">Receipts for purchases </li> <li style="color: black;">Bank statements </li> <li style="color: black;">ATM receipts </li> <li style="color: black;">Credit card statements </li> <li style="color: black;">Cancelled cheques </li> <li style="color: black;">Mail and old records </li> <li style="color: black;">Financial statements </li> <li style="color: black;">Credit card charges </li> <li style="color: black;">Insurance forms </li> <li style="color: black;">Investment transactions </li> <li style="color: black;">Expired credit cards </li> <li style="color: black;">Mailing labels from magazines </li> <li style="color: black;">Pay stubs </li> <li style="color: black;">Old driver&rsquo;s licenses or passports </li> <li style="color: black;">Expired insurance membership cards </li> <li style="color: black;">Any documents that contain your social insurance number, birth date, your mother&rsquo;s maiden name and any account numbers or online passwords. </li> </ol> <p>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t take any chances with your personal information: shred it - don&rsquo;t share it,&rdquo; concluded Swist.</p> <p><b>If your identity is stolen</b></p> <p>Report the crime to the EPS at 780-423-4567</p> Helpful information: <a href="" target="_blank" shape="rect">Government of Canada Anti-Fraud Centre</a> 26 Mar 2014 15:31:00 UT Young people vulnerable to identity theft March is Fraud Prevention month in Alberta and throughout the month the Edmonton Police Service will be working in collaboration with community partners hosting a number of fraud prevention initiatives. <p style="line-height: 115%; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">A main focus of&nbsp;this year's&nbsp;fraud prevention campaign includes reminding people about protecting their privacy and&nbsp;preventing identity theft. This includes taking responsibility for their &lsquo;digital footprint&rsquo; (i.e., the traces of information we leave behind through our emails, online activities, etc.).</p> <p style="line-height: 115%; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Young people are the most vulnerable targets of identity thieves online, as this type of crime can be undetected for a long period of time. Students are reminded to never provide any personal information over any websites, social media groups, and SMS messages or by email to unknown parties. Always use safe passwords to access mobile phones, school accounts, home computers, bank accounts and social websites. </p> <p style="line-height: 115%; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Strong passwords that are changed on a regular basis can help prevent wrongdoers from gaining access to personal devices and prevent them from committing crimes like theft, fraud or even cyber bullying.</p> <p style="line-height: 115%; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>Tips for selecting new passwords:</b><b></b></p> <ol> <li style="color: black;">Use a difficult password; easy-to-remember yet difficult to guess.</li> <li style="color: black;">Use a 8-14 characters mixed of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.</li> <li style="color: black;">Use different passwords for every websites and device.</li> <li style="color: black;">Try to use a phrase, a song, or a poem rather than things like an address, name of friend or pet.</li> <li style="color: black;">Change website passwords for any accounts which contain personal information (i.e. Birth date) at least every two months.</li> <li style="color: black;">Do not access websites that require personal passwords or personally identifiable information on free public Wi-Fi networks.</li> <li style="color: black;">Memorize passwords or store in a locked safe, do not share, write or store any passwords anywhere on your phone or computer. </li> </ol> 19 Mar 2014 16:27:00 UT Cops & Crepes – support your officers and athletes! <p><a href="~/media/2C05B06E341C404C9CB2EFDF6F994EE7.ashx" rel="lightbox" shape="rect"></a><img alt="" style="width: 200px; float: left; height: 170px; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/AF607B93CD3240279DDA61236F127DA8.ashx" />The annual Cops and Crepes event is being held on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m. at three Cora restaurants in Edmonton, as well as locations in Leduc and Sherwood Park.</p> <p>Cops and Crepes is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for Special Olympics. Edmonton Police Service officers, along with Alberta Sheriffs, Peace Officers, Military Police and Alberta Fish &amp; Wildlife officers&nbsp;will help Cora staff during breakfast and lunch to provide a memorable dining experience for patrons. </p> <p>Special Olympic athletes and officers will ask customers for donations. All citizens are encouraged to join in on the fun! </p> <p><b>What: </b>Cops &amp; Crepes<br /> <b>When: </b>Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.<br /> <b>Where: </b></p> <ul> <li><b>Clareview Town Centre</b> &ndash; 4270-137 Avenue, Edmonton</li> <li><b>Gateway -</b> 2920 Calgary Trail, Edmonton</li> <li><b>West Point &ndash;</b>9977-178 Street, Edmonton</li> <li><b>Leduc Town Centre &ndash;</b> 6108- 50 Street, Leduc</li> <li><b>Sherwood Park &ndash;</b>&lt; 222 Baseline Road, Sherwood Park</li> </ul> <p><b>Why: </b>To raise money for Special Olympics</p> 06 Mar 2014 16:20:00 UT "Bring Sally Up" Charity Challenge (with video) When Rich Froning, the CrossFit Games champion (dubbed "the fittest man on Earth" three years in a row), tweeted the "Bring Sally Up" challenge, he did not anticipate the buzz it would create. <p>Set to the song "Flowers," by the artist Moby, the challenge involves squatting in time with the lyrics ("Bring Sally up, bring Sally down...") for the duration of the track. Men are instructed to use 135 lbs., while women are advised to use 95 lbs.&nbsp;&nbsp;Easier said than done.</p> <p>The workout became wildly popular in the CrossFit community because of how few people could complete it. Many people who had never participated in CrossFit became interested in the sport, as videos of athletes failing in their attempts went viral online.</p> <p>The EPS Downtown community office saw the challenge as a great way to fundraise for &nbsp;the Children's Wish Foundation. Members canvassed for donations and participants set the challenge date: the end of the Hard Target Personal Safety Seminar on Saturday, March 1.</p> <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>All told, nearly 20 people came out in support of the charity and gave it their best in two heats. &nbsp;Anything for a good cause. &nbsp;Check out the links below to see the officers compete in the two full length&nbsp;heats! </p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank" shape="rect">Bring Sally Up&nbsp;Heat 1</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" shape="rect">Bring Sally Up&nbsp;Heat 2</a></li> </ul> <p>To donate to Tribe 5-0 in support of their sponsor child, Alessandro, please check out the <a href=";langPref=en-CA&amp;Referrer=direct%2fnone#&amp;panel1-1" target="_blank" shape="rect">Exile Island site</a>.</p> 05 Mar 2014 20:17:00 UT Retirement robbers target grandparents “Grandparent scams are often carried out over the phone,” notes Cst. Nadine Swist, of the EPS Economic Crimes Section. <p>Swist recently took the time to answer the following questions on grandparent scams.</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;"><b>How do fraudsters, or scam artists, get people to believe them?</b></p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;">Typically, a grandparent receives an <i>urgent</i> phone call from a scam artist pretending to be their grandchild. They might start out the call with &ldquo;Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;">Then, when the grandparent guesses the name of their grandchild, the scammer will pretend to be a grandchild in trouble and in urgent need of money.</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;"><b><br /> And the grandparent just sends them the money</b><b>?</b></p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;">Victims don't verify the story until <i>after</i> the money has been sent because the scammer will often insist that the grandparent not tell the parents.&nbsp; </p> <p>These criminals are ruthless, they don&rsquo;t care that many seniors are living on a fixed pension or retirement income. They are basically &ldquo;Retirement Robbers&rdquo;.</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;"><b>Are Grandparent scams quite common?</b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;">We know it happens a lot, but we also know it&rsquo;s under-reported because people are embarrassed. If they do report, they&rsquo;ve usually already lost money. They don&rsquo;t want their family to know.</p> <p style="margin: auto auto 0pt;"><b>What should people do if they receive one of these calls?</b></p> <p>Scam artists are among the friendliest, most charming people you&rsquo;ll ever meet. They have to be, it&rsquo;s not easy to convince people to part with money. But if someone wants you to send money to them, or they want your credit card information -- don&rsquo;t do it.</p> <p>If the caller keeps pressuring you because it&rsquo;s a &lsquo;limited time offer,&rsquo; or &lsquo;urgent&rsquo; just hang up. Don&rsquo;t worry about being rude . . . just hang up.</p> <p>If you have received a request for money, take measures to verify the requestor&rsquo;s identity and the legitimacy of their story <b>before </b>you complete the transaction. If you suspect you may be a victim of this or any type of fraud contact the Police.&nbsp; In Edmonton, call the EPS complaint line at&nbsp;780-423-4567.</p> <p>For more information on protecting yourself from telephone fraud, check out&nbsp;our crime prevention tip sheet - <a href="~/media/81A212627A2A408580CD8B9E560919EB.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect">Safety Tips for Seniors.</a></p> 04 Mar 2014 20:14:00 UT EPS school lockdown procedures In an effort to keep all staff and students safe, local school boards and the Edmonton Police Service School Resource Officers regularly practice school lockdown procedures. <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Check out this video to learn more about these procedures and why it is important.</p> 29 Jan 2014 18:20:00 UT EPS Hostage Scenario Training See how the Edmonton Police Service Tactical Section uses realistic training scenarios to prepare for a hostage crisis. <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Simulating actual incidents gives us the opportunity to work through our procedures, work through all of our tactics, in order to experience what we may experience at a live event,&rdquo; says Sgt. Terry Langley.</p> 24 Jan 2014 18:35:00 UT Citizen Satisfaction Survey commences this January The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) conducts a bi-annual Citizen Survey to identify key community issues, concerns, perceptions and priorities that Edmontonians have with respect to crime, disorder and neighbourhood safety. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; margin-bottom: 3px; float: left; height: 133px; margin-right: 5px;" src="~/media/633625A1461A454DB27ACC7697B10550.ashx" />During a three week period in January 2014, Advanis, an independent market and social research firm from Edmonton, will be conducting a random telephone survey to 1,100 Edmontonians. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Citizens are encouraged to participate as this provides them with an opportunity to offer input on EPS priories and community issues.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Survey results will be presented to the Edmonton Police Commission in late spring. </p> 07 Jan 2014 17:02:00 UT