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 26 Apr 2015 01:12:42 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Get Ready In The Park - Hawrelak Park May 9, 2015 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/GetReadyInThePark.aspx Join the Edmonton Police Service along with Edmonton’s emergency response community for the 9th annual Get Ready in the Park event. This year’s theme is ‘Extreme Weather.’ <p style="text-align: center;"><i><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 332px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/C13AAD37AF7040E8869002C304727047.ashx" /></i></p> <p><i>Get Ready in the Park</i> is a free, family-oriented emergency preparedness event for Edmonton residents to find out more about how to take care of themselves and their loved ones for up to three days during a major emergency.</p> <p>The event also provides Edmonton residents with a greater understanding of the City&rsquo;s level of emergency preparedness and how each of the participating organizations work together to ensure the safety of residents, as well as providing information to help residents begin the recovery phase from a major emergency or incident.</p> <p>The City of Edmonton&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management organizes the event, bringing together more than 40 exhibitors from municipal, provincial, federal, corporate and non-profit organizations. </p> <ul> <li>Encourage your kids to collect 10 stamps on their &ldquo;Passport to Preparedness&rdquo; to be eligible to enter to win emergency-response themed prizes. </li> <li>Visit the new interactive Kids&rsquo; Zone. </li> <li>Watch Environment Canada set off a weather balloon. </li> <li>Find out how to keep your loved ones and pets safe. </li> <li>Find out about food safety tips during power outages. </li> <li>See real-life search and rescue dogs in action. </li> <li>Practice a fire escape plan with your kids. </li> <li>Prevent flooding at home. </li> <li>Refreshments available. </li> </ul> <p>For additional information and links to the photo gallery, visit <b><a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/getreadyinthepark" target="_blank">www.edmonton.ca/getreadyinthepark</a>.</b></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><b>Or view the </b><a href="~/media/611CB17C63524DF9B741B6F990D23F1F.ashx" target="_blank"><b>Get Ready in the Park Poster</b> </a></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><b>About Emergency Preparedness Week</b></p> <p style="background: white;">Since 1996, Public Safety Canada has coordinated an&nbsp;annual national&nbsp;event&nbsp;encouraging Canadians to be prepared for emergencies in their community. &nbsp;This national event is called Emergency Preparedness Week (EPW), which runs&nbsp;the first full week in May each year.&nbsp;In 2015, EPW runs from&nbsp;May 3 &ndash; 9. </p> <p style="background: white;">EPW encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared and self-sufficient for a period of up to 72 hours (3 days) to face a range of emergencies:</p> <ul> <li style="color: #222222;">Step 1 - Know the risks </li> <li style="color: #222222;">Step 2 - Make a plan </li> <li style="color: #222222;">Step 3 - Get an emergency kit </li> </ul> <p style="background: white;">To learn more about how to prepare for an emergency, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/EmergencyManagement." target="_blank"><b>www.edmonton.ca/EmergencyManagement</b>.</a> </p> 24 Apr 2015 20:14:00 UT 40 EPS Members Receive Commissioned Officer Designation http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CommissionedOfficerDesignation.aspx 40 Edmonton Police Service Senior Officers received their Commissioned Officer designation at a ceremony held at the Royal Alberta Museum on Fri., April 17. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oXE3avq2QtY" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;">&ldquo;Although this honour will not change what you do, it is a prestigious and meaningful recognition of the significance of what you do. The parchments you are presented with today are a symbol, a symbol of power and authority, but also of responsibility, duty and commitment,&rdquo; said Chief Knecht. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Attending the ceremony was Edmonton Police Commission Chair Shami Sandhu, Councillor Scott McKeen, Dr. Curtis Clarke, Acting Deputy Solicitor General, and EPS Chief Rod Knecht. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For the first time in Alberta, municipal police agencies are receiving this prestigious honour. Commissioned officers command their specific unit or service and receive their authority for command from Her Majesty The Queen. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;">Historically, military and RCMP officers were commissioned once they achieved a senior rank. In the fall of 2014, the Government of Alberta extended this honour to municipal and First Nations police officers. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><a href="~/media/0F21B6BB1F694E848437757A47770BB0.ashx"><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;border: 0px solid;" src="~/media/AB24CD18F7EA458BAB334B3D19313881.ashx" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="~/media/0F21B6BB1F694E848437757A47770BB0.ashx" rel="lightbox" shape="rect"></a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;">The recipients are as follows: </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;">Greg ALCORN - Inspector<br /> Phil BAILEY - Inspector<br /> Darrin A., BALANIK - Inspector<br /> Kevin, BREZINSKI - Inspector<br /> Danielle, CAMPBELL - Deputy Chief<br /> David, CHRISTOFFEL - Inspector<br /> Darren, DERKO - Inspector<br /> Bradley, DOUCETTE - Superintendent<br /> Darren C., EASTCOTT - Superintendent<br /> Trent, FORSBERG - Inspector<br /> Kevin, GALVIN - Superintendent<br /> Gary, GODZIUK - Inspector<br /> Anthony, HARDER - Deputy Chief<br /> Dean, HILTON - Inspector<br /> Graham, HOGG - Inspector<br /> Regan, JAMES - Inspector<br /> Erik, JOHNSON - Inspector<br /> Deborah, JOLLY - Superintendent<br /> Denis, JUBINVILLE - Superintendent<br /> David, KOROL - Deputy Chief, Retired<br /> Brain, LOBAY - Inspector, Retired<br /> Bradley, MACDONALD - A/Superintendent<br /> Ed, McFARLANE - Superintendent, Retired<br /> Edward, McISAAC - Inspector <br /> Garry, MEADS - Superintendent, Retired <br /> Alan, MURPHY - Inspector <br /> Mark, NEUFELD - Superintendent <br /> Brian, NOWLAN - Inspector, Retired <br /> Thomas, PALLAS - Inspector <br /> Gregory, PRESTON - Superintendent<br /> Terrence, ROCCHIO - Superintendent <br /> Darlene, SAVIOE - Superintendent <br /> Brian, SIMPSON - Deputy Chief <br /> Bill, SPINKS - Superintendent, Retired <br /> Darcy, STRANG - Inspector <br /> Chad, TAWFIK - Inspector <br /> Teri, UHRYN - Inspector <br /> David, VEITCH - Superintendent <br /> Jeol, WHITTAKER - Inspector <br /> David, ZUKIWSKY - Inspector, Retired <br /> Rod, *KNECHT - Chief of Police <br /> Nigel, *STEVENS - Superintendent, Retired <br /> *Presented at separate function.</p> 21 Apr 2015 17:20:00 UT This is Who We Are - School Resource Officer Unit http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_SRO.aspx <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6olBKOIVqRs" frameborder="0"></iframe> </p> <p>The support of the Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools police officers have been partners with high schools for over 35 years. </p> <p>A primary function of the School Resource Officer today is to assist the school administration in ensuring a safe and caring place of learning for students and staff, balancing enforcement with prevention and intervention.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">School Resource Officers:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Are a visible presence in the school and the community through counselling, structured class presentations, lectures, continual interaction, mentoring and distribution of educational resource materials; </li> <li>Work cooperatively with school administrators, staff, students, parents, and the community to proactively identify and address school concerns or problems; </li> <li>Utilize problem solving initiatives to address issues in schools; and </li> <li>Conduct investigations and enforce laws/statutes. </li> </ul> <p>The School Resource Officer position is a very fulfilling experience for police members, as friendships develop over time with both students and staff. The position provides opportunities to develop strong public speaking, coaching and leadership skills. </p> <p>The School Resource Officer program is still recognized as one of the first community-based initiatives undertaken by the EPS - it is community policing in its purist form.</p> <p>In July 2014, the SRO Unit made history as the first Canadian police agency to win a prestigious U.S. &ndash; based National Association of School Resources Officers award for best Model Agency, highlighting the EPS Single Officer Rapid Response (SORR) training. </p> 14 Apr 2015 17:47:00 UT Students learn about policing in the Youth Recruit Academy http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/YouthRecruitAcademy.aspx Organized by EPS School Resource Officers (SROs), the Academy offers 30 outstanding Edmonton high school students the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of policing and what it takes to be a police officer. <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" width="600" height="307" src="~/media/D5B99FFC7FF94675B8FC49F5E43C7C1A.ashx" /><br /> The Youth Recruit Academy started on Monday, March 30, and finished on Wednesday, April 1st.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Academy is a three-day recruit class for high school students that have shown serious interest in a career in policing. The Academy is intense, but it&rsquo;s a lot of fun and it will follow the traditions of our current Recruit Training Unit. The students who go through this training will have some great insights as to what a career in policing can be", says Cst. Matt LeBlanc.</p> <p><b>What activities are involved in the Academy?</b></p> <ul> <li>Police-based physical training </li> <li>Drill training </li> </ul> <p>and</p> <ul> <li>Presentations by EPS specialists in: <ul> <li>Robbery </li> <li>Forensics </li> <li>Tactical </li> <li>Traffic </li> <li>Canine </li> <li>Air 1 </li> <li>Hostage Negotiations&nbsp; </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><b>How were students selected for this training?</b></p> <p>&ldquo;SROs encouraged some kids to register that continued to show interest in policing throughout the school year. And, other kids registered on their own initiative. We originally had room for 25 participants but we had 55 applicants.</p> <p>As a result, we expanded the class to 30 participants. All of the applicants were worthy of being selected, and it was hard to decide on the final 30,&rdquo; he continued.</p> <p><b>Will the Academy be offered again during Spring Break 2016?</b></p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping to offer the Academy again next year. I would encourage students who attend high schools that have SROs to keep in touch with their SRO, as they&rsquo;ll know when the Academy is being offered again,&rdquo; concluded LeBlanc.</p> <p><b>Where can I get more information on what it takes to become a police officer?</b></p> <p>Check out <a href="http://joineps.ca/">joineps.ca</a></p> 02 Apr 2015 16:18:00 UT Deadly drug more potent than heroin http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Fentanyl.aspx Fentanyl overdoses on the rise. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C6o1iG8ZV9U?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Touching or ingesting even a small amount of pure Fentanyl can render a person unconscious and in need of immediate medical attention. </p> <p>&ldquo;All it takes is the equivalent of three grains of salt on your skin or tongue to cause respiratory distress,&rdquo; says Detective Guy Pilon with EPS Drug &amp; Gang Section.</p> <p>In its legal prescription form, Fentanyl is a powerful pain killer.</p> <p>The street version, which goes under various names including Apache, China Girl, and Dance Fever, was responsible for 100 deaths in Alberta in 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s fifty to a hundred times more potent than morphine and thirty to fifty times more potent than heroin,&rdquo; Pilon says.<br /> <br /> </p> <p>That potency is why Fentanyl is growing in popularity among drug addicts.&nbsp; And why so many addicts end up overdosing.</p> <p>The only cure for a Fentanyl overdose is Naloxone, an anti-opioid that can counteract the drug&rsquo;s effects.</p> <p>&ldquo;A person overdosing on Fentanyl will experience an immediate decrease in their breathing and heart rate,&rdquo; Pilon warns.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s crucial they receive emergency medical attention immediately.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 27 Mar 2015 16:45:00 UT Generous to a fault http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/GenerousToAFault.aspx Every year Edmontonians donate millions of dollars to charities and non-profits - money that helps people at home and abroad. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">But not all of the donated money ends up where it&rsquo;s supposed to.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Staff Sergeant Dan Service of the Edmonton Police Service Economic Crimes Section says, &ldquo;Criminals target people&rsquo;s generosity to elicit donations for fake charities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Whether it&rsquo;s a knock on the door, an unsolicited email, fake website, or a phone call, charity scammers use any and all means to prey on a donor&rsquo;s heartstrings.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;Charity scams are common during the Christmas season, or when there is a major natural disaster somewhere in the world,&rdquo; Service says.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">People can protect themselves from charity scams by following a few simple steps:</p> <ol> <li>In the case of door-to-door appeals, ask the canvasser for identification. &nbsp;Call the charity to confirm whether or not they have someone in your area collecting donations.</li> <li>Ask for a registered charitable number.&nbsp; Revenue Canada can confirm whether or not the charity is legally allowed to operate in Canada.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t respond to unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for donations.</li> <li>Be wary of charities with names that sound similar to well-known charities.</li> <li>Never give in to high-pressure sales tactics.&nbsp; If the person at the door or on the phone won&rsquo;t let you have more time to think about your donation, close the door or hang up the phone.</li> </ol> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">If you think you have been a victim of charity fraud, call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=094289C642F34FF09921CFE6D72CBD3B&amp;_z=z">report a crime online from our website</a>.</p> 24 Mar 2015 17:35:00 UT 2014 Kiwanis Club Top Cop Award http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2014TopCop.aspx <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JGL-F0TfaVY" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Constable Brown was selected Top Cop for volunteering countless hours to the Eastglen High School Blue Devils football team.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Top Cops possess a dedication to the community, a passion for caring that drills deep into the core of their character,&rdquo; says Chief Rod Knecht. &ldquo;Const. Rob Brown is that kind of police officer. He is a true leader, an outstanding person that knows the value of community service and community building.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 268px;" src="~/media/D291E5274A0E415A9DD6B7C49739DA23.ashx" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>Career and volunteer highlights</b></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">After playing college football at the University of Southern Mississippi, Rob Brown chose a 10-year career with the Canadian Football League; first as an Edmonton Eskimo and then as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">When Rob retired from the CFL, he moved back to Edmonton and became a member of the Edmonton Police Service in 2009.&nbsp; In 2013, Rob joined Eastglen Composite High School as their School Resource Officer (SRO).&nbsp; His impacts at Eastglen were felt immediately when he became the assistant coach of the Eastglen Blue Devils football team.&nbsp; Rob took his role seriously; starting by incorporating an off season workout program for existing players to keep their interests piqued and to get them into shape for the upcoming season.&nbsp; He used his alumni connections with the Edmonton Eskimos to show them the drive necessary to become successful.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Rob soon realized the team was struggling, both financially and with poor equipment.&nbsp; Blue Devils Coach Kent Anderson was considering cutting the team if things didn&rsquo;t improve.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Rob worked behind the scenes and asked his alumni connections to provide some much needed used equipment for the Blue Devils.&nbsp; This led to NISSAN Canada selecting the Eastglen Blue Devils as one of their schools to provide funding for the team, new uniforms and equipment, and renovated the team&rsquo;s locker room.&nbsp;This was all thanks to Rob; his efforts truly changed the lives of these students.&nbsp; </p> 09 Mar 2015 19:19:00 UT This Is Who We Are - Economic Crimes Section http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWAEconomicCrimes.aspx <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gIRfXjJcZa0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen an overall increase in the number of frauds being reported to police, but we know these crimes are underreported by the public,&rdquo; says Staff Sgt. Dan Service with the Economic Crimes Section. &ldquo;We want the public to know there is help available, either to prevent these crimes or investigate them, and there are mechanisms in place to seek compensation in some situations. Reporting frauds or suspicious activities to police is the always the first step.&rdquo;</p> 02 Mar 2015 17:11:00 UT Indo-Canadian Youth vs EPS floor hockey http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/IndoCanadianYouthVsEPS.aspx <p>This year&rsquo;s game was yet another fun-filled afternoon. The game was hosted by Southeast Division and was played with approximately one dozen Edmonton Police officers from various divisions and approximately 20 Indo-Canadian youths, many of which were return players from the previous years, as well as some new faces.</p> <p>At the end of the game, the members and the youths had the opportunity to spend time together at Culina Cantina to eat pizza and share stories. The event was started with a handful of Indo-Canadian youth in February 2012 and has gained popularity over the past three years. The success is evident as a vast majority of the students have been returning each year, have become considerably comfortable with the police officers while sharing stories, and have displayed a great improvement in their confidence. Many have shown interest in pursuing a career in policing, have started asking relevant questions, and&nbsp;started working towards their goals of becoming future police officers. </p> <p>Both EPS members and the youth are eagerly looking forward to the next year&rsquo;s game. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" width="500" height="370" src="~/media/0FDFBB2D7F8A40088066889936CF13A6.ashx" /></p> 24 Feb 2015 20:12:00 UT Police and Fire Cadets Swap It Up for a Day http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/PoliceFireCadetsSwap.aspx <p style="text-align: left; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This was when police cadets travelled to the fire training centre to see what it was like to be a fireman for day.&nbsp; Both fire and police cadets were involved in several activities and team building challenges, all designed to develop and foster good leadership. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This was the first of many classes that will cross train, both fire and police cadets, so that each group has a greater respect and understanding of all aspects of emergency services.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Another training swap meet is planned for May 2015; when Calgary police and fire cadets will travel to Edmonton to participate in a weekend challenge with Edmonton fire and police cadets. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Edmonton Police Service Cadet Program challenges those youth interested in law enforcement through opportunities for skill enhancement, community service and leadership. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For more information on Edmonton's Police Cadets <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192D9202F3AF45D5B2743D91C1FA83BD&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Edmonton Fire Cadets are required to be highly involved in the community and take pride in being ambassadors in the community and helping others in need.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For more information on&nbsp;Edmonton's Fire Cadets&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/fire_rescue/edmonton-fire-cadets.aspx" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/B4B39D277E2746ADA1199F9F0E808870.ashx"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" src="~/media/B4B39D277E2746ADA1199F9F0E808870.ashx?h=300&amp;w=400" /></a><a href="~/media/DE3A78F739324FC5813C9B5BB15DDC54.ashx"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 188px;" src="~/media/DE3A78F739324FC5813C9B5BB15DDC54.ashx" /></a></p> 17 Feb 2015 15:18:00 UT