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 24 Oct 2014 13:29:18 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2014, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. 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 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 Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/PoliceMemorialDay.aspx The 16th Annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day was held this past Sunday, September 28th. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cX6Rfw3wY0k" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>This ceremony was an opportunity for all Albertans to pay tribute to those police and peace officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty while serving in Alberta. </p> <p>The program included remarks by police and government officials, performances by the police choruses and mass pipe bands, and a march by police and peace officers. The names of the fallen officers were read and wreaths were laid at the Pillar of Strength monument in their memory. </p> 30 Sep 2014 21:15:00 UT EPS School Resource Officers win national award http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/SROAward.aspx <p>This is the first time that a Canadian police agency has won the prestigious award.</p> <p>Winning this award means that the unit is the best in North America. NASRO officials acknowledged that the unit is top-notch, and they were especially impressed by the EPS Single Officer Rapid Response (SORR) training. </p> <p>&ldquo;We looked around for SORR training, and we couldn&rsquo;t find anything suitable, so we created our own,&rdquo; says SRO Unit Sgt. Raymond Wood. &ldquo;Our training module was so impressive that we went on to train all EPS patrol officers.&rdquo;</p> <p>SORR training is important, as SROs are first-on-scene in a threatening situation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b></b></p> <p><b>Valuable community partners</b></p> <p>Another major factor in the SRO unit bringing home the award was the close relationships the unit enjoys with Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools. Both School Districts are very supportive of the SRO program, empowering SROs to do an ever-more effective job.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no question, we couldn&rsquo;t do what we do without the ongoing support of both the Catholic and Public School Districts. Our members are proud to be SROs. Making a difference in the lives of young students is incredibly rewarding,&rdquo; says SRO Unit Sgt. Kelly Rosnau.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 303px; margin-right: 0px;" src="~/media/0993AD288C794849A3142ABE6C5FCA46.ashx" /></p> 25 Sep 2014 14:13:00 UT EPS Cadets thank the Chief for new uniforms http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetsNewUniforms.aspx <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 8px;" src="~/media/65F7DADB3C8B406A865704C13B2260AA.ashx?h=229&amp;w=401" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">As eighteen-year-old Cadet Meghan Kramer nervously stood and read her thank you speech at the August 28<sup>th</sup> Chief&rsquo;s Committee meeting, she certainly struck a cord with listeners. In 2013, Chief Knecht bought new uniforms for the EPS Cadet Corps members, contributing to the program&rsquo;s new image and identity. Donning their new uniforms, three cadet members sat proudly behind Meghan as she read: </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&nbsp;&ldquo;Over the past two years in cadets many changes have been occurring. Under new leadership, the program is being shaped into a cadet corps that those of us involved can be proud of. One of the most recent additions being, of course, the new uniforms that have been purchased for us. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Anyone involved in a police organization can speak to the importance of a uniform, as it serves not only to convey a sense of professionalism to the public, but also to unify those in uniform toward a common purpose. Upon joining the program, new cadets from day one are communicated the importance of becoming part of a team. One of the ways this is done is by giving them a uniform, the same worn by all of us. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The definition of the word uniform reads: &ldquo;to remain the same, unchanging.&rdquo; For our purposes this means not only to be uniform (the same) in appearance, but in attitude and character. The uniform we wear is a vessel for the development of values in our cadets that are crucial to this program moving forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Caring for and wearing our uniform aids in the development of pride, respect, and discipline. The new uniforms we have been given enforce these principles and represent the new direction that the program is being steered in, as we aim to create leaders and citizens of high integrity in our city. On behalf of the Edmonton Police Cadets I would like to thank you for purchasing these uniforms and providing a renewed sense of pride in our uniforms, and pride in our cadet corps.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Chief Knecht praised the cadets for being such good ambassadors for EPS and for their service in the corps. </p> 17 Sep 2014 13:37:00 UT Order Of Merit 2014 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/OrderOfMerit2014.aspx <p>EPS is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Supt. Greg Preston and Supt. Mark Neufeld were invested in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. </p> <p>The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000 to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community. There are three levels of membership &ndash; Commander, Officer, and Member that reflect long-term, outstanding service in varying degrees of responsibility. </p> <p><img alt="" style="margin-top: 0px; width: 200px; float: left; height: 160px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 8px;border: 0px solid;" src="~/media/D2A7658E246E449CA8FE9192BE7EE399.ashx" />Supt. Preston (top image) began his policing career in 1995 and has had a variety of positions including S/Sgt with Metro Gang and Drug Section and Insp. of Organized Crime.&nbsp; In 2012 he became the Supt. of the Legal and Regularity Division. &nbsp;He is well known for his positive attitude, diligence and work ethic.&nbsp; He is well respected throughout the EPS. </p> <p>Supt. Neufeld (bottom image) has loyally and proudly served Canadian communities for over 20 years, both as a member of the Vancouver Police Department, and since 1993 <img alt="" style="width: 200px; float: left; height: 160px; margin-right: 8px;" src="~/media/69081217D5B248F686B2A3BE1AB42CB1.ashx" />as a member of the EPS. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous favourable notices and divisional recognitions for his excellence in various investigations.&nbsp; Currently he is the Superintendent of the Criminal Investigations Division. </p> <p>Congratulations to both members; through their personal and professional actions, both consistently demonstrate the core values of the EPS by doing all they can every day to proudly serve their community and country. </p> 12 Sep 2014 15:03:00 UT Staying fit is integral to being a police officer http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CanAmGames.aspx Representing the Edmonton Police Service, Cst. Huu Tran competed in the 2014 Can-Am Police-Fire Games in York County Pennsylvania from July 13 – 20, 2014. <p>Tran won two silver medals in 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle, a silver in 100m Breaststroke, and a bronze in 100m Freestyle.</p> <p>The Games&rsquo; mission is to promote physical fitness, and camaraderie among emergency responders. </p> <p>In addition to police and fire, the Games also attract members from other protective agencies such as: Correctional services, Border protections, Customs etc. There were also members attending from other countries including: South America, India, Ukraine &amp; Australia.</p> <p>The Games featured more than 50 sporting events, including traditional athletic competitions such as triathlon, softball, golf and cycling, as well as industry-specific events such as shooting, toughest firefighter alive and toughest competitor alive. </p> <p><b>Cst. Tran&rsquo;s story</b></p> <p>I was in a swim team when I was a teen (15 &ndash; 17 years) back in Vietnam. Then, I started to train in swimming again in 1997 to compete in the Canadian National Master Swim in Edmonton, and in the World Police &amp; Fire Games in Calgary.</p> <p>In 1998, I competed in the Can-Am Police &amp; Fire Games in Regina, and in Saskatoon in 2008. Over the years, I&rsquo;ve competed in different age categories: Senior (30 &ndash; 39 years), Master (40&mdash;49 years), and Grand Master (50+ years). I&rsquo;ve won 15 medals from gold to bronze in different Heats (100m, 50m in Breaststroke, Freestyle, and 200m Freestyle/Medley Relay).</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been a proud member of the Edmonton Police Service for 25 years. Staying fit is integral to being a police officer. I have a great career in policing, and great hobbies in swimming and practicing/teaching martial arts. </p> <p>The next Can-Am games will be held at Thunder Bay, Ontario. As long as I&rsquo;m on the job, I plan to attend these games again in the future.</p> ]]> 09 Sep 2014 14:03:00 UT This is Who I Am - A/Staff Sergeant Lisa Paniak http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWIALisaPaniak.aspx In this month's 'This is Who I Am' video, we check in with Acting Staff Sergeant Lisa Paniak. <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/q1QduGSuL48?list=PLOCs0I9oMHVFHFmoX8lcCgWqw1W8yZKxN" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">When she was a little girl, Acting Sergeant Lisa Paniak played her own version of the classic kid&rsquo;s game, Cops and Robbers.&nbsp; &ldquo;I ran around the neighbourhood putting tickets I had drawn on peoples&rsquo; cars,&rdquo; she says, laughing at the memory.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Paniak, who works in the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Forensics Unit, likes to think of it as the first clue she was destined for a career in law enforcement.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">By the time she enrolled in university, Paniak was set on becoming a lawyer.&nbsp; But a chance encounter with a fellow student who was interested in policing led Paniak to reconsider her career choice.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;I enrolled in Sociology instead,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp; &ldquo;I thought it would be a better fit when I became a police officer.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Her application to the Service coincided with a two-year hiring freeze.&nbsp; Paniak didn&rsquo;t let that discourage her.&nbsp; She used the time to work and gain more life experience.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Paniak was eventually hired as a member of Recruit Training Class #85.&nbsp; She remembers it as &ldquo;a life-changing experience.&nbsp; I learned to push myself.&nbsp; I found out I could get through anything if I put my mind to it.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">After graduation, Paniak spent ten years as a frontline patrol officer in West Division and South Division, back when &ldquo;the entire south-end of Edmonton was the responsibility of one division.&nbsp; It kept a person hopping.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Paniak has always believed in taking responsibility for her career as a police officer.&nbsp; When she decided she wanted to expand her skill set, she chose Forensics.&nbsp; &ldquo;I liked the idea of being hands-on the scientific aspect.&nbsp; Detailed, meticulous work appeals to me.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">As a Forensic Identification Investigator, Paniak handles as many as thirty files at a time.&nbsp; &ldquo;You have to have an open mind.&nbsp; This is no place for tunnel vision.&nbsp; You have to look at the big picture.&nbsp; Things can change very quickly.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Although she is currently in the promotion process to become a full-time sergeant, Paniak hopes she can remain in Forensics for a little while longer.&nbsp; But even if her promotion leads to a new position in a different area, Paniak is still enthusiastic.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Wherever I go I take something from it.&nbsp; I have the mindset that you can&rsquo;t always control where they put you, so you might as well make the best of it and learn something.&rdquo;</p> <p><hr /> <br /> More&nbsp;about the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">'This is Who I Am' series</a>.</p> 04 Sep 2014 14:20:00 UT