Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 22 Aug 2017 01:43:38 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2016, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. This is Who We Are - Human Trafficking & Exploitation Unit Earlier this year, “VICE Unit” transitioned their name to, “Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit.” <div class="flex-video"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>This change is a clear reflection of the evolution of the realities of investigations conducted by the Edmonton Police Service. This name change is also aligned with other policing agencies in Canada and is appreciated by advocacy groups and partner agencies that offer support to victims of exploitation.</p> 15 Aug 2017 21:08:49 UT This is Who We Are - Marine Unit The Edmonton Police Service Marine Unit will be out on the North Saskatchewan River this summer to ensure citizens are safe while taking part in recreational activities on the water. <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>The Marine Unit patrols about 50 km of the North Saskatchewan River by jet boat and Sea-doos, providing education and enforcement of offences relating to river use, liquor and noise. Officers will be checking that boat operators have the proper licence, and all river users have the required safety equipment, such as a lifejacket with a whistle.<br /> <br /> Citizens are encouraged to visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Safe Boating Guide</a> available&nbsp;from Transport Canada&nbsp;for a complete list of boat safety regulations, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Environment Canada</a> website to check weather and water levels. <hr /> Watch our previous <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">This is Who We Are / This is Who I Am </a>videos.</p> 26 Jul 2017 19:21:37 UT Happy Birthday, EPS! June 20 was our official 125th birthday! On that day in 1892, Edmonton Mayor Matthew McCauley issued Bylaw #15, which gave town council the ability to assemble its own police force. <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Chief Knecht, Councillor Scott McKeen, and many other dignitaries, retired members and employees came together at City Hall to celebrate with cake and an official proclamation of June 20 as Edmonton Police Service Day. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Special guests included Ted Collinson, a retired member who joined the EPS in 1953, before there were even Recruit Training Classes. &ldquo;They sent me up to the chief&rsquo;s office, I had an interview with him, they took me over to City Hall, swore me in as a police constable,&rdquo; said Collinson. &ldquo;Came back and picked up my uniform downtown and he says, &lsquo;Can you start tonight?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Another veteran, Joan Crawford, spoke to reporters about her experience being one of the earliest women in the service when she joined in 1959. &ldquo;I was number 15, of 15 ladies,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Later on when they renumbered us, I was number 4.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Ted and Joan joined many employees in a group photo that showcased the wide variety of roles required to police a city of almost a million people. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Later that evening, the High Level bridge was lit up in blue and red to mark the occasion.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><a href="~/media/F36BC3E3734F47D2A898CE866543E400.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/F36BC3E3734F47D2A898CE866543E400.ashx?h=300&amp;w=400" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> 21 Jun 2017 21:23:13 UT EPS' 125 years of Service It’s safe to say that over the past 125 years, Edmonton has matured from a community of 700 with one lone Town Constable in 1892 to a population of over 1.3 million in the greater metro area today, with over 2,500 people working for the Edmonton Police Service. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Ever since Mayor Matthew McCauley issued bylaw #15 in 1892, establishing a single constable to protect 700 citizens, the EPS&rsquo;s growth and development has been intertwined with this city.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>When EPS&rsquo;s first constable P. D. Campbell was hired on July 21, 1892, he was paid $50 per month. Today, a first year constable earns $65,930.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>In 1905, the annual police expenses were $4,424. Today the 2017 budget is nearly $300 million. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>The EPS&rsquo;s first Kissel Kar patrol wagon, supplied by the Scott Motor Company of Edmonton, was purchased on February 26, 1913 for $1,500.00.&nbsp;Today, a police vehicle costs $65,000. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Gone are the days when a police organization was run with a few constables and two horses. Times may have changed since the service was first established, but one thing has always remained constant; the pride that members take in the profession, the department, and their community. Members of the EPS continue to be Dedicated to Protect, and Proud to Serve. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>As part of the year&rsquo;s celebrations, this video was produced using archival photos and film, including a ride along filmed by CBC in 1968. The eight-minute video captures the &lsquo;esprit de corps&rsquo; of the EPS.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Future <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=03B7346CCB874337816E1878619035A1&amp;_z=z">EPS 125 events </a>for citizens to come out and celebrate are the Civic Celebration at Edmonton City Hall @ 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, and the Public Picnic at Borden Park on Sunday, August 20.</span></p> 05 Jun 2017 19:34:00 UT Edmonton Police Cadets recognized for service On Wednesday, May 31st, over 200 family members and friends of Edmonton Police Cadets attended the 2017 Service Recognition Ceremony. <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/FF791FF6C8054510916CEF771E978652.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 265px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/FF791FF6C8054510916CEF771E978652.ashx?h=265&amp;w=400" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Seven Edmonton Police Cadets proudly accepted awards for outstanding attitude, behaviour, and commitment to their fellow cadets and the corps.</p> <p>One cadet, Alyssa, received the Unsung Hero Award and the Dress and Deportment award on Wednesday. Between September 2016 - May 2017, she has put in 253 hours in-class, in training, and as a community volunteer. Alyssa is even going to come back as a youth instructor! Our new cadets will be lucky to have her! </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Alyssa wrote about her time as an Edmonton Police Service Cadet, </p> <p><span>"I am Alyssa Kropielnicki and I am 17 years old. I have wanted to become a police officer since I was 13 years old! For the past 10 years ,I danced competitively and for fun.&nbsp;I am a bit of a country girl, since I come from the small town of Tofield. I joined the police cadets to pursue my interest as a police officer. I thought it would be a great experience with peers that had the same interest as me, and to meet and connect with people within the Service. </span><span>I was quite nervous to send in my application knowing how many candidates were out there hoping for the same opportunity! </span></p> <p><span>I have gained leadership skills that will help guide me through my future endeavors, such as public speaking, team work, and under pressure scenarios. Police cadets has given me pride and confidence to succeed and make me feel welcome. Cadets has also provided me the chance to learn criminal law, and engage in physical activities to better ourselves and to build a foundation in the knowledge of possible future applicants. The program has pushed me to limits and tested my abilities to prepare for the future. We have been so lucky to have such supportive members to guide us to give us knowledge and experience. Cadets has set me up with numerous activities varying from volunteer work, to gaining contact and connecting with other youth. </span></p> <p><span>I will most certainly take away all of the memories generated from the first time I stepped into Griesbach and know that&nbsp;I have met lifelong friends. I have gotten an idea of what possibilities are out there for myself and peers to chase. We all have generated and have reached goals to become stronger people. I can whole-heartedly say that Police Cadets has shaped me into becoming a motivated, successful woman."</span></p> <p><span>Collectively, the cadet group logged an impressive 1,956 volunteer hours since September of 2016.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span>The following awards were handed out at the ceremony:</span></p> <p><span><strong>Danny Kam Memorial Award</strong>: Cadet Allan ANDERSON <br /> This award is presented to the cadet that shows exemplary dedication, spirit, and enthusiasm to the Cadet Corps. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Unsung Hero Award</span></strong><span>: Cadet Alyssa KROPIELNICKI and Cadet Laila ELBERY <br /> </span><span>This peer-voted award is presented to the cadet who is an integral part of the Cadet Corps, quietly leading by example and not seeking attention for their efforts.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Top Fitness Award</strong><span>: Cadet Breanna PHILLIPS<br /> </span><span>This award goes to the cadet who has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to improving and encouraging overall health and fitness. </span></p> <p><strong>Outstanding Volunteer Award</strong><span>: Cadet Michaela LALANDE<br /> </span><span>This award goes to cadets who have displayed outstanding commitment to the volunteer component of the program, logging a rare 800 volunteer hours.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Dress and Deportment Award</strong><span>: Cadet Alyssa KROPIELNICKI<br /> <strong></strong>T</span><span>his award is presented to the cadet who best exemplifies a conscientious state of dress and deportment, and encourages others to take pride in their uniforms. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Leadership Award</span></strong><span>: S/Sgt. Nicholas WALTER&nbsp; <br /> </span><span>This award recognizes the cadet who has exhibited exemplary leadership qualities throughout the year, leading through example and promoting the values and goals of the Edmonton Police Cadet Corps.</span></p> <p><span>Congratulations to all of our Cadets and their outstanding achievements!</span></p> 02 Jun 2017 06:00:00 UT “I’ve never had a bike in my whole life!” As this 6 year old girl was waiting for her turn to unlock and lock up a bike as quickly as possible, she couldn’t help but stare at her new pink bike, which was leaning against a wall on the other side of Hall A. “I’m so excited! I want it now!” <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/D11B34FB17B643FC88B156345AF84572.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 238px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/D11B34FB17B643FC88B156345AF84572.ashx?h=238&amp;w=350" /></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>She is just one of 70 children who received a new bicycle with accessories like a bell, helmet, and a lock for the 2017 Bike Safety Festival on Saturday, May 27, 2017.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At 9:00 a.m. groups of children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton filed into Northlands&rsquo; Hall A. They were each fitted with a new helmet before they could run towards the wall of bicycles, where they would be sized for their own bike. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Recruits stepped in to teach some of the children how to ride a bicycle, as other children rode around, ecstatic with their new possession. Then the group was gathered up to watch a special demonstration from A/Sgt. Ryan Busby and PSD Jagger. A/Sgt. Busby began by seeing how much these children know about police service dogs. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/10619FFC5D5647A7BC3E079DF96F5F15.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 324px; float: left;" src="~/media/10619FFC5D5647A7BC3E079DF96F5F15.ashx?h=324&amp;w=300" /></a>&ldquo;Why do police use dogs?&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Because we don&rsquo;t have enough police officers!&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;What do dogs have that we don&rsquo;t?&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Teeth!&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>After the question period, PSD Jagger came out to show his obedience training and one of the children even got to play tug-o-war with him. Our red and blue lights were turned on and the children were able to check out a Canine vehicle before their bike safety day truly started. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The events were educational, fun, and active. Children were taught brain safety, how to properly lock up a bicycle and also had their faces painted with our recruits; that was all on top of Northeast Division BEATS members teaching them safe bike riding skills.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The event fostered and strengthened relationships between the EPS and the community,&rdquo; Northeast BEATS Sgt. Cory Huculak assured. &ldquo;We have been a part of this event since the beginning. We volunteer our Saturday to build these relationships and have fun with these kids. It&rsquo;s worth it.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This was event started in 2010 by Detective Patricia Dvorak when she was a member of Northeast BEATS. Sports Central has also been donating bicycles to this event, &ldquo;since the word go&rdquo;, as stated by Jim Harvey of Sports Central. The Bike Safety Festival has grown substantially over the years and its current partners include: AMA, Northlands, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Edmonton, Sport Central, Alberta Government, Brain Injury Society as well as the Optimist Club of Edmonton. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Each year the group of volunteers and partners strive to achieve and maintain their three core goals:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>a) Creating positive interactions between front-line police officers and at-risk youth.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>b) Providing each child with the knowledge and skills to stay safe on their bicycles.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>c) Empowering children with the responsibility of owning a bike and discovering the mobility that is too often taken for granted.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Though no longer in BEATS, I continue to run the Bike Safety Festival as it is clearly a worthwhile cause that positively builds relationships in the community,&rdquo; Det. Dvorak expressed. &ldquo;The Bike Safety Festival continues to encapsulate the EPS core values of Community, Respect and Innovation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/FCC75BD459EA4696AA7676D20A3C8626.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 243px; height: 280px;" src="~/media/FCC75BD459EA4696AA7676D20A3C8626.ashx?h=280&amp;w=243" /></a><a href="~/media/7E0D62DFF2B64DFEBAD3F4FF088861EF.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 284px; height: 280px;" src="~/media/7E0D62DFF2B64DFEBAD3F4FF088861EF.ashx?h=280&amp;w=284" /></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This event is a success thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this day special. Thank you to each of the partners, our Northeast Division BEATS, Recruit class #140, A/Sgt. Busby and PSD Jagger, and especially to Det. Patricia Dvorak for continuing this event throughout the years. </span></p> 30 May 2017 17:05:40 UT Community Roll Call Downtown Division has started a new initiative, “Community Roll Call and Inspection.” <p><a href="~/media/6CFEAA34344F45C7BE8639A62E457E1A.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="~/media/6CFEAA34344F45C7BE8639A62E457E1A.ashx?h=150&amp;w=200" /></a>Officers start their parade outside in the community and invite stakeholders like businesses and community leagues around the neighbourhood to take part in this event.</p> <p>&ldquo;The goal of Community Roll Call is to continue to build relationships between officers and community members as well as encourage positive interactions and conversations,&rdquo; says Sgt. David Jones. &ldquo;The senior officers preform an inspection of the squad&rsquo;s uniform and then they have an opportunity to connect with the community they patrol.&rdquo;<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>The EPS received positive feedback from the Central McDougall and 107 Avenue Community after Down Division held their first outdoor community roll call on May 16, 2016 in the area of 107 Avenue 104 Street. </p> <p><a href="~/media/DD732926AA55426F90CC8E35776BE7DA.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; float: right;" src="~/media/DD732926AA55426F90CC8E35776BE7DA.ashx?h=200&amp;w=200" /></a><em>It was so nice to see all the police out in our community. This public display was very important to our neighbourhood. This was the very first one that EPS has done this and they chose to have it here. </em></p> <p><em><span>We would like to thank all involved for making this happen.&nbsp;I truly believe this sends a strong message to those who choose to cause issues in Central McDougall and more importantly it sends a powerful message to our residents. Our police force is visible, approachable, caring and concerned about us.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>Dan <br /> Central McDougall Community League</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="~/media/993F1BAFFA964BC7B762EAE75AAAC053.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; height: 151px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="~/media/993F1BAFFA964BC7B762EAE75AAAC053.ashx?h=151&amp;w=200" /></a></p> <p><em>It was really great witnessing the parade this morning and a great opportunity meeting the&nbsp;EPS&nbsp;members of our district.<br /> </em></p> <p><em><span>When there is an opportunity in the future to have another parade in the community, with your permission, we would like to invite a wider community audience and create a bigger event. I think everyone should see it, it was amazing!</span></em></p> <p><em><span>Thanks as always for the wonderful work you do in central McDougall&nbsp;and we always look forward to a great community&nbsp;partnership.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Reymund<br /> Central McDougall resident and business owner</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="~/media/993F1BAFFA964BC7B762EAE75AAAC053.ashx" rel="lightbox"></a></p> 29 May 2017 19:27:59 UT EPS Plants 125 Trees to Commemorate 125th Anniversary The Edmonton Police Service planted 125 trees on its 125th anniversary to recognize its roots in the community and to share a lasting legacy with future generations. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The trees were planted by police officers and school children taking part in the City of Edmonton&rsquo;s annual Arbor Day activities at Gold Bar Park on May 5, 2017.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This was the first time EPS and the City partnered for Arbor Day, which dates back to 1893 in Edmonton.&nbsp; The trees planted on Arbor Day will provide numerous environmental benefits and be enjoyed by Edmontonians for years to come.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Planting a tree together is a symbol of hope for the future,&rdquo; said Chief Rod Knecht.&nbsp; &ldquo;We look back at the last 125 years with pride, and look forward to the next 125 years with promise, knowing that a strong and positive relationship with the community is at the heart of everything we do.&nbsp; Much like these trees, we hope this relationship will continue to flourish for generations.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS also planted an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, as the tree is a symbol of promise for the future.&nbsp; <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/D989CD8B46CD4A64889DDCC3E5F8D8EB.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 401px; height: 267px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/D989CD8B46CD4A64889DDCC3E5F8D8EB.ashx?h=267&amp;&amp;w=401" /></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Over 600 grade one students from across the city planted tree seedlings with members of the EPS School Resource Officer Unit.&nbsp; For many it was their first time interacting with police officers, so to make the experience more memorable, the EPS Canine Unit did demonstrations and EPS Volunteers gave out colouring books and crayons.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Chief Knecht added, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m encouraged by these children, they&rsquo;re aware of their community and the environment, and want to help out and do the right thing.&nbsp; If these are our future leaders and police officers, we&rsquo;re in good hands.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The commemorative tree planting is just one of the many <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=03B7346CCB874337816E1878619035A1&amp;_z=z">public activities </a>planned to celebrate the EPS&rsquo; 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2017.&nbsp;</span></p> 18 May 2017 16:09:13 UT 2017 Youth Recruit Academy another success On March 29, 40 high school students from Edmonton and area graduated from the EPS Youth Recruit Academy. <div class="FLEX-VIDEO" style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe>&nbsp;</div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Now in its third year, the academy had students participating in three days of scenarios, fitness testing, obstacle courses and demonstrations from various policing units including Robbery, Traffic, K-9, Air One, Public Safety Unit and Forensics. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;This has been a real eye opener for all the things you need to be able to do,&rdquo; says participant Lauren Bartusek.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The program has become increasingly competitive to enter, as students from Edmonton and surrounding communities apply for the 40 available spots.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;This is a great opportunity for them to see policing is fun, police officers are people, policing is something you could see yourself doing,&rdquo; says Cst. Brian McCune, School Resource Officer with Holy Trinity Catholic High School.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/69FCEA2CB3CB4AD6AB04210466B0B8BD.ashx" rel="LIGHTBOX"><img alt="" style="width: 237px; height: 159px;" src="~/media/69FCEA2CB3CB4AD6AB04210466B0B8BD.ashx?h=159&amp;w=237" /></a>&nbsp; <a href="~/media/68EC1CF5B2C24E66AEE728D3002E99BD.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 159px;" src="~/media/68EC1CF5B2C24E66AEE728D3002E99BD.ashx?h=159&amp;w=250" />&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/4FF72C1D7B5542F29CDEADC335C4C761.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 255px; height: 262px;" src="~/media/4FF72C1D7B5542F29CDEADC335C4C761.ashx?h=262&amp;w=255" /></a>&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 262px;" src="~/media/FE161DE81EE24F9782F166206774E9AF.ashx?h=262&amp;w=250" /></p> 13 Apr 2017 17:36:06 UT amiskwaciy Academy paints Downtown Division with kindness amiskwaciy Academy has had a long-standing relationship with Downtown Division. EPS members wanted to find a creative way to honour and recognize their friendship. <p>After some recent renovations, the division had the perfect blank canvas and wanted to add colour to the walls and remind members about the vibrant city they protect.</p> <p>Officers approached amiskwaciy Academy to create a mural that would reflect the positive relationship between the EPS and indigenous students. The goal of the mural was to reflect trust and understanding that the EPS has with the school and its students. </p> <p>Elder Francis Whiskeyjack and amiskwaciy Academy Principal Fred Hines gathered some of their art students to design and paint the mural. </p> <p>&ldquo;The imagery clearly outlines the relationship we strive to have between our officers and indigenous youth,&rdquo; says Superintendent Ed McIssac of Downtown Division. </p> <p>The mural features strong indigenous cultural symbolism as well as policing and urban themes. Understanding the components of the painting provides a better understanding of its meaning. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/026C3838664043B5856ABFE4AB1A57CC.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 295px; text-align: center; margin-bottom: 10px;" src="~/media/026C3838664043B5856ABFE4AB1A57CC.ashx?h=295&amp;w=400" /></a></p> <p><strong>Youth and Police officer:</strong> The two figures incorporated in the painting represent the partnership between the EPS and amiskwaciy Academy as well as the ongoing commitment from the EPS to work with the indigenous community in Edmonton.</p> <p><strong>Sun:</strong> The sun symbolizes that light that will always shine if the EPS and indigenous community continue to work together.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><strong>Sunrise:</strong> The sunrise represents a fresh start and a positive relationship. It brings warmth to those who see it.</p> <p><strong>Feathers:</strong> It is a high honour to hold an eagle feather. The two figures holding eagle feathers in the air represents the great deeds to come and symbolizes there is strength in walking together.</p> <p><strong>Medicine Wheel:</strong> The Medicine Wheel represents harmony and joining together. There is no hierarchy in the medicine wheel as everything joins evenly. When we close the wheel, we make the world complete. The colours in the wheel represent the elements of our world and the different cultures that make up our city.</p> <p><strong>Cityscape:</strong> The Cityscape embedded into the medicine wheel highlights the place that Edmonton and the EPS has within Treaty 6 territory. </p> 05 Apr 2017 15:56:05 UT