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 30 Jan 2015 09:22:09 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Fat Bikes in Scona http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/FatBikes.aspx <p><img alt="" style="width: 375px; float: left; height: 249px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/6981E024239142C5B1D6B2DC31B439D3.ashx" />Winter, after all, is usually EPS members&rsquo; <i>office</i> for several months a year. </p> <p>Since approximately 2000, a number of EPS members have shifted their crime-fighting efforts in to high gear, tracking down bad guys and girls from the seat of a mountain bike, when and if the weather is conducive to riding.</p> <p>With the emergence of the &ldquo;Fat Bike&rdquo;, however, Scona Beat officers will now have the option of patrolling the Whyte Avenue area year-round, regardless of the winter conditions. </p> <p>"The EPS has a very active bike detail, but typically only throughout the summer months," explained Const. Mike Zacharuk, a 16-year member of the service. "Now with the introduction of Fat bikes, we&rsquo;ll be able to deploy a couple of officers year-round throughout the Old Scona area, at least on most days."</p> <p>An avid rider and owner of a Fat Bike, Const. Zacharuk made a successful pitch for the purchase of two Fat Bikes for deployment with Scona Beats. Initially conceptualized in Alaska, and since deployed with numerous police services in Idaho, California and Utah, the Fat Bike provides police with greater visibility and access to various terrains, even in harsh winter climates such as Edmonton. </p> <p>It's difficult to argue with success. The Fat bikes had an immediate impact as a crime-fighting tool on Edmonton streets within their first week of deployment. On Jan. 8th, Constables Zacharuk and Ryan Katchur discreetly rolled up to a popular coffee shop near the University of Alberta riding their new Fat bikes, while on the hunt for a violent young offender. </p> <p>In a matter of 35 minutes, a 20-year-old male suspect had assaulted and/or spat on four complainants in a rampage that began at the Corona LRT Station and ended in handcuffs following an attempted personal robbery in the parking lot of the coffee shop. </p> Talk about a &lsquo;fat&rsquo; arrest!<img alt="" style="width: 300px; float: right; height: 372px; margin-left: 3px;" src="~/media/09E4D7365D7B4682B73F7F0B4F55ED06.ashx" /><br /> <p>"With 26-inch tires surrounded by four-inch wide rubber, we&rsquo;re not racing around Old Scona, per say, it&rsquo;s more like hunting," said Const. Zacharuk, noting the wide-rimmed bikes also come in handy when working on missing person investigations. </p> <p>"The Fat bikes, at times, can get us places that our cruisers can&rsquo;t, like the river valley, and often boast the element of surprise."</p> <p>The new Fat Bikes are also quickly becoming a &ldquo;conversation piece&rdquo; for police, providing another opportunity for positive interaction with the public.</p> <p>"They're certainly getting people&rsquo;s attention," said Const. Zacharuk, slipping his hands into neoprene handlebar gloves that keep officers' hands warm while cruising the Avenue in sub-zero conditions. "And in a city that is increasingly trying to encourage cycling on our streets, this initiative shows the community that we're a proactive police service that rides year-round."</p> 29 Jan 2015 18:08:00 UT This is Who I Am - Christine Lyseng http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWIAChristineLyseng.aspx This month's This is Who I Am features 9-1-1 Operator, Christine Lyseng. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pjz7sayQowg" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Before she joined the Edmonton Police Service as a 911 Operator, Lyseng spent ten years as a volunteer dog handler with a search and rescue team.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;My first dog was a standard poodle,&rdquo; Lyseng recalls.&nbsp; &ldquo;He was certified by the RCMP for wilderness, water and cadaver searches.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Lyseng still remembers her first major call:&nbsp; A farmer had come across human remains that had being interfered with by wild animals.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;The RCMP had already searched the area, but the forensic examiner was convinced there were still body parts out there.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Lyseng was close friends with the RCMP officer who searched the area; she felt that by searching the area again she was calling into question her friend&rsquo;s abilities.&nbsp; &ldquo;My team leader reminded me that the only thing I should be focusing on was finding those remains.&nbsp; The victim was what was important.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Shortly after beginning the search, Lyseng&rsquo;s dog did a &ldquo;bark alert&rdquo;, a sign that the dog had found something.&nbsp; &ldquo;He was an amazing dog.&nbsp; He found more evidence right out of the gate.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Lyseng says that when most people think of search and rescue, they envision a Disney-type scenario, with the dog finding a lost child.&nbsp; But more often than not, Lyseng and her dog were called in to find people who had died, for one reason or another, in remote areas.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;We spent a lot of time tromping across rough terrain in all kinds of weather.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">What kept her going through all of this, she says, was the bond she formed with her dog.&nbsp; &ldquo;We were a team.&nbsp; We trained hard.&nbsp; We worked hard.&nbsp; We were dedicated to one another.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Lyseng got a great deal of satisfaction helping the families of murder victims find closure.&nbsp; Eventually the long hours and heartbreaking work, coupled with the tragic death of her friend in the RCMP, took its toll.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;I had to get away.&nbsp; I still wanted to help people, but I couldn&rsquo;t work with search and rescue anymore.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Lyseng and her husband began breeding Belgian Malinois, a type of dog favoured by law enforcement agencies around the world.&nbsp; &ldquo;One of our dogs is currently serving with the EPS Canine Unit,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">She started working for the Edmonton Police Service as a 911 operator in 2000.&nbsp; She discovered she enjoyed the fast pace and challenges of responding to emergency calls for help.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;There&rsquo;s never a dull moment,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Each call is a reminder of the lesson she learned working in search and rescue:&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about me.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s about helping the victim.&rdquo;</p> 05 Jan 2015 18:36:00 UT January 2 EPS Multiple Homicide News Conference http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Jan2NewsConference.aspx On January 2, 2015 the Edmonton Police Service held the third news conference regarding the December 30 multiple homicide case. <p>News Conference - Acting DC Mark Neufeld describes in more detail the multiple homicides they are investigating including Autopsy results and victims names.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SCUJX_hWyw0" frameborder="0"></iframe> 03 Jan 2015 00:50:00 UT December 30 EPS News Conferences http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Dec30NewsConferences.aspx At 3:30 pm and 9:00 pm Chief Knecht describes the multiple homicides EPS is currently investigating. <p>Click the video to watch the 3:30 p.m. conference at Police Headquarters on December 30, 2014.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/v1_zci2tAdM" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Click the video to watch the&nbsp;9:00 p.m. conference at Police Headquarters on December 30, 2014.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hdzDmHIHiOQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Background:</strong></p> <p>Southwest Division members responded to a weapon&rsquo;s complaint around 6:52 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, near Haswell Court and 16 Avenue. Upon arrival, members discovered a deceased middle-aged female. <br /> <br /> Later Monday evening, North Division patrol officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call at an address near 83 Street and 180 Avenue at approximately 9:44 p.m., returning to the same address at approximately midnight, following a secondary check-on-welfare call involving a suicidal male.<br /> <br /> At that time, officers were unable to locate the suicidal male in question, but upon entry, discovered the bodies of seven deceased individuals; three adult females, two adult males and two children, one female and one male. </p> 31 Dec 2014 15:11:00 UT Polar Plunge 2015 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/PolarPlunge2015.aspx <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>What is the Polar Plunge? </b></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Polar Plunge, presented by the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run, is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Alberta athletes by jumping into one of Edmonton&rsquo;s frigid winter lakes. The goal is to raise $50,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. This is an event for EVERYONE to jump on!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Plungers must raise a minimum of $50 to jump in. The more money you raise, the better the incentives! </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Don&rsquo;t want to freeze? You can be a Sponsor instead!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For more information on Polar Plunge, to register, or to sponsor, <a href="https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/LoginRegister.aspx?eventid=157606&amp;langpref=en-CA&amp;Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fadmin.e2rm.com%2fEventSummary.aspx" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run <a href="http://www.albertatorchrun.ca/" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&nbsp;</p> 29 Dec 2014 13:57:00 UT Edmonton’s Avenue magazine places three EPS members among the city’s 2014 Top 40 Under 40 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Top40.aspx <p><b>Darwin Li coaches visually impaired Dragon Boat team</b></p> <p>Li, EPS IT Applications Team Lead supervises the technical team that supports the 911 system 24/7. </p> <p>He was a volunteer coaching assistant for a Vancouver-based visually impaired dragon boat team eight years ago.</p> <p>After moving to Edmonton, he coached the Oil City Crew Dragon Boat Club, one of the top crews in the provincial dragon-boat circuit. This team has won competitions in Edmonton, Calgary, Leduc and Vernon, B.C. With successful coaching experience under his belt, he helped found Dragon Sight in 2011. Under Li&rsquo;s direction, the crew practiced offshore first. </p> <p>&ldquo;It took time and lots of practice for everything to sink in,&rdquo; he notes.</p> <p>The crew debuted at the 2012 Edmonton Dragon Boat festival, finishing next-to-last. In 2012, they finished 15<sup>th</sup> out of 36, and in 2014, they placed an impressive seventh out of 33.</p> <p>Li was a member of the Dragon Boat Canada team that sold the international Dragon Boat Federation on the idea of adding a visually impaired category in the Club Crew World Championships. In September 2014, in Ravenna, Italy, Dragon Sight won the gold medal, making it the adaptive division world champion. </p> <p><b>Sgt. David Jones rebuilds bikes with youths</b></p> <p>Sgt. Jones became involved in &lsquo;<a href="http://edmontonbikes.ca/services/youth-adapted-services/the-spoke/" target="_blank">The Spoke</a>,&rsquo; four years ago. The Spoke is in an inner-city bike program designed to draw youths away from gang influences. Through the program, they learn how to rebuild bikes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once they&rsquo;ve nailed rebuilding bikes, they can lead classes with other kids. I&rsquo;ve seen kids return for multiple sessions as junior mentors. They find a purpose in the Spoke and they learn their own potential.&rdquo; explains Jones.</p> <p>Sgt. Jones works at the <a href="http://www.zebracentre.ca/" target="_blank">Zebra Child Protection Centre</a>. Children who have been physically or sexually abused, are interviewed at the Centre by highly trained, forensic interviewers. Such interviews are a part of Jones&rsquo; duties. He also oversees training for EPS detectives, frontline officers and social workers regarding child abuse cases. And, he works with Zebra staff on outreach programs.</p> <p>The Centre also works with adult victims who are cognitively delayed and clearly functioning at a level younger than that of a 16-year-old.</p> <p>Jones received the EPS Criminal Investigations Division Excellence in Investigations Award for his work on a complex child sexual abuse investigation. His work with The Spoke garnered a Jack Grainge Award from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society, as well as national coverage on the CBC. The 2012 State of the City report also noted his involvement in The Spoke.</p> <p><b>Noreen Remtulla . . . outstanding support for Girl Guides</b></p> <p>It&rsquo;s not unusual to see stacks of Girl Guide cookies adorning Noreen Remtulla&rsquo;s desk at EPS Corporate Communications branch. She&rsquo;s devoted to Girl Guides.</p> <p>&ldquo;I joined Girl Guides when I was four, and worked my way through the program all the way up to the top level: Pathfinders,&rdquo; notes Remtulla.</p> <p>She helped to start and lead Edmonton&rsquo;s first Ismaili Girl Guide group. </p> <p>On the job front, she led Alberta Health Service&rsquo;s H1N1 communications campaign in 2009.</p> <p>Working within the EPS, she spearheaded the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/ThisIsWhoIAm.aspx" target="_blank">This is Who I Am</a>&rdquo; video series. These videos showcase various behind-the-scenes policing jobs that are not often spotlighted. The videos included the story of a detective who doubles as a sketch artist. The series won a Ragan 2013 Employee Communications Award.</p> <p>Remtulla celebrated her birthday this past September by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. </p> <p>&ldquo;Climbing &lsquo;Kili&rsquo; was the experience of a lifetime,&rdquo; she remarked. &ldquo;It was so exhilarating, and it gave me lots of time to think about, and appreciate, the people in my life. My family and loved ones were foremost in my thoughts, and that includes my Girl Guides.&rdquo;</p> 24 Dec 2014 13:13:00 UT A life-changing story http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CitizensNote.aspx <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This is her letter. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Hi Constable </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">You may or may not remember me and that is okay, I cannot expect you to remember every person you have come in contact with throughout your career.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&nbsp;The reason for my email is to thank you. In 2003, I was 14 at the time, and you had come across me late in the evening, quite intoxicated and drove me to my group home. You had made a comment to me that I was too young to be living this way and it doesn't have to be this way. You handed me your business card and said "God sends us angels in our time of need, if there was anyone who believed in me, it was you even though you barely knew me.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">I have been sober for 4 years from alcohol and drugs, I work full time and pay my own bills and rent. I want to thank you for what may be a small act of kindness, to be a turning point (years later) for me. When I was painstaking and completely "done" and at my bottom, I found your card (not in the best of shape, sorry) and remembered your words and checked myself into treatment for a program and have been sober since.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">I also want to apologize for of course my behavior that night, if there is any way I can be of service I would like to be of help. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Thank you&rdquo;</p> 22 Dec 2014 16:37:00 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 focuses 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