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 29 May 2015 07:58:28 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Edmonton Police and Fire Cadets Host Challenge Event http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetChallenge.aspx Police and fire cadets from Edmonton and Calgary participated in the first of its kind Police & Fire Cadet Challenge Games on May 8th, 9th and 10th at Birch Bay Ranch near South Cooking Lake. <p>The four cadet groups spent the weekend testing their physical limits in a variety of competitive activities.&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 350px; float: right; height: 233px;" src="~/media/0943CF7873FB450F81EC85049B03FAF5.ashx" /></p> <p>A plane crash scenario demanded keen communication skills and team work to extract five injured victims from the woods.&nbsp; A homicide scenario demanded crime scene control and investigative skills to solve the crime. Rappelling, zip lining, climbing walls and carrying buckets of water over balance beams challenged cadets to move from comfort zones.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d say we achieved our goals, which were to enhance leadership and teamwork skills,&rdquo; said Cst. Shannon Tenney, Edmonton Police Service Cadet Coordinator. &ldquo;Camaraderie among cadets was high, and I&rsquo;m sure they&rsquo;ll want to do this again next year.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Edmonton Police Service cadets won the marksmanship competition and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services won the obstacle course competition overall. Organizers hope to hold the event again next year, perhaps inviting other cadet groups in the province to take part. <img alt="" style="margin-top: 3px;" src="~/media/AAA61C38D565444C86D4B49521B7D894.ashx" /></p> 20 May 2015 14:13:00 UT Edmonton Police Service's New Mobile Responsive Website http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/NewWebsite.aspx On Thursday, May 14, 2015 the Edmonton Police Service will be updating our public website to a new mobile responsive design <p>This new look will allow the public to access our website from any platform with ease.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to initiate this new design, the public website will be down for about 20 minutes on Thursday somewhere between 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. If you try to view our website, you will be directed to a "Temporarily Unavailable" screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>We ask for your patience as we bring a better way to serve the city with this update.&nbsp;</p> 14 May 2015 13:31:00 UT This Is Who We Are - Public Safety Compliance Team http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_PSCT.aspx The Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) is the regulatory and enforcement arm of the City of Edmonton’s Responsible Hospitality Edmonton initiative that promotes education, prevention and is enforcement-based. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oDyIqiex1HE" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>PSCT is a multi-agency team designed to coordinate the efforts of the municipal and provincial agencies involved in the licencing, regulation, and enforcement of licenced business establishments and after-hours clubs and events.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Team is comprised of the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, City of Edmonton Community Standards Branch and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Some of the responsibilities of the PSCT include licenced hospitality and entertainment establishments, venues, events and after-hours clubs, and events throughout the city. The team&rsquo;s work also includes vibrancy, quality of life, venue and public safety, late night transportation, patron responsibility, and community policing.</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href="http://www.responsiblehospitalityedmonton.ca/public-safety-compliance-team-psct/" target="_blank">Public Safety Compliance Team</a>.</p> 12 May 2015 17:12:00 UT EPS Cadets - It's not just about policing http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetsMoreThanPolicing.aspx The Edmonton Police Service Cadet program is open to all youth ages 13 – 20 who are looking for a new hobby, new friends, and new adventures. If you have an interest in a future policing career, well, that’s just an added bonus. <p><img alt="" style="width: 400px; float: left; height: 266px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/B2EE10169FED441CA52B9C67587040DE.ashx" />The EPS Cadet program provides youth with much more than police-related knowledge. Our program has positively changed each youth, and we can tell you all about it, or we can have a current Cadet tell you herself. </p> <p>&ldquo;Being an Edmonton Police Cadet to me has always meant being part of a team of like-minded individuals with various backgrounds all striving towards their individual goals. It means that you are ready and willing to push yourself to always go a bit farther to reach the next level, and to encourage others to do the same.</p> <p>I enjoy the program mainly because of what it has done for me over the past two-and-a-half years. I have seen many positive changes in myself over this time period, and I hope to continue along this path. One of the greatest things I have experienced during this time is all the awesome people that I have met that probably would not be in my life if I had never joined the program. It is great to be around people who are in my age group and have similar interests. These young adults are smart, creative, and love to have fun but also know when to be dedicated and take things seriously.</p> <p>Cadets triggered many positive changes in me that I believe will help me in the future. Not just in eventually becoming part of EPS, but in anything I choose to do with my life. Being a cadet has taught me a great deal of discipline, dedication, and leadership skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Want your child to try something new and exciting? Why not try the Edmonton Police Service Cadet program? Cadets meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 9:00 p.m. in Edmonton&rsquo;s Griesbach area. The program runs during the school year, beginning the first week of September until the first week of June. </p> <p>For more information, see our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192D9202F3AF45D5B2743D91C1FA83BD&amp;_z=z">Police Cadets webpage</a>, <a href="~/media/42BC73329EA740D6A5BE9C6B3EF0F2CA.ashx" target="_blank">download the application</a>, or <a href="mailto:cadets@edmontonpolice.ca">email the program</a>! </p> 04 May 2015 20:32:00 UT 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> <p>The Get Ready in the Park event <strong>takes place in William Hawrelak Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.</strong>&nbsp; Everyone is welcome.&nbsp; Activities include:</p> <ul> <li>Check out specialized emergency response equipment and speak one-on-one with staff.&nbsp;&nbsp; </li> <li>Go behind the scenes with EPS Air One, Tactical, Canine, and Disaster and Emergency Operations Units. </li> <li>Follow real-life search and rescue dogs in action. </li> <li>Find out how to keep your loved ones and pets safe. </li> <li>Learn food safety tips during power outages.</li> <li>Practice a fire escape plan with your kids.</li> <li>Prevent flooding at home. </li> <li>See Environment Canada set off a weather balloon.</li> <li>Go for a drive in the EPCOR bucket truck.</li> <li>Visit the new interactive Kids&rsquo; Zone and meet many huggable mascots too.</li> <li>Ride CN&rsquo;s Little Obie scale model locomotive while learning about railroad safety.</li> <li>Collect stamps on the Kids&rsquo; Passport to Preparedness to win emergency-response themed prizes. </li> <li>Enjoy refreshments from a variety of vendors.</li> <li>And more!</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