Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 24 Aug 2016 23:09:17 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. EPS Community Station Closures On June 16, 2016 the Edmonton Police Commission supported the gradual closing of public reporting counters at all community stations across Edmonton, and a complete closure of other community facilities. <p>Old Strathcona* and Namao Community Stations will close September 1, 2016 and other locations will follow, based on the provisions of their existing lease contracts. </p> <p>Police officers working on the front reporting counters will be redeployed, as determined by community needs. In those locations where only the front counter has closed, police officers will continue to work out of the existing building. Where the entire facility has closed, both Edmonton school boards have expressed a willingness to provide office space in nearby schools and school board buildings.&nbsp;This will reduce the need for District police officers to return to main Divisional stations over the course of a shift.</p> <p>Station closure decisions are never easy.&nbsp;However, since 2005, workloads at these facilities have decreased significantly due to changes in the reporting habits of citizens and new ways of reporting crime (e.g. <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=094289C642F34FF09921CFE6D72CBD3B&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">online crime reporting</a>), which make it easier for a citizen to report from home. </p> <p>Signage will be placed at the station redirecting citizens to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=231844978A934B95B8360924F0A3C8BA&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">other police facilities </a>in the area, and to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=094289C642F34FF09921CFE6D72CBD3B&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">online crime reporting</a>.</p> <p>Individuals in the Namao area wishing to file a police report can do so by contacting the Calder Community Station 12540-132 Avenue (780-496-8535) or Northeast Division 14203-50 Street (780-426-8100).&nbsp; </p> <p>Individuals in the Old Strathcona area wishing to file a police report can do so by contacting the Southeast Community Station at 104 Youville Drive East (780-426-8200) or Downtown Division, 9620 &ndash; 103A Avenue (780-421-2200). </p> <p>*EPS members will continue to work out of the Old Strathcona&nbsp;building, but the front counter will be closed to the public. </p> ]]> 24 Aug 2016 19:23:00 UT Big Yellow Police Car <b>'Crushed a second time'</b> <p><a href="~/media/B11C7AAF448448378880F2B6A1D951C4.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 190px; width: 250px; float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/B11C7AAF448448378880F2B6A1D951C4.ashx?h=151&amp;w=199" /></a>For about 37 years Car 920 of the Edmonton City Police Department (ECPD) defied the elements and held its ground. It was laid down, post-auction, in a field with the hope of being dispatched for parts. It seems the call never came. </p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be a collision reconstructionist to tell the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle had been t-boned &ndash; but where and at what point were mysteries. Judging by the big ECPD decals on the doors, it was damaged before Gretzky was a household name, before &lsquo;Black Friday&rsquo; and well before cell phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>The guy who seemed to know a fair bit about it was Reg, who ran the auto salvage for 59 years. He had his theories.<a href="~/media/3A5E825C47C6436D89A1A7B3D9C499D8.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 149px; width: 250px; float: right; margin-left: 2px; margin-top: 2px;" src="~/media/3A5E825C47C6436D89A1A7B3D9C499D8.ashx" /></a></p> <p>"It&rsquo;s a dog car, because there's no rear seats; it&rsquo;s all carpet back there," says Reg. "I always knew the police vehicles as they had a v-shaped zipper in the roof liner to wire the lights. I&rsquo;ve had a lot of police vehicles come through over the years."</p> <p>With door decals and the cage between the front and rear seats still intact, a dreamer may have said it was salvageable. That inner voice suggests we get a high school automotive class to return it to its past glory and maybe the Foundation could pay for its restoration. Then the practical voice interjects&hellip; nah, get a running one out of Arizona and besides we already have a yellow car in the EPS historical fleet.</p> <p>Case closed. The images were then forwarded to our Veteran&rsquo;s Association (EPSVA) so the alumni could reminisce about the all-yellow cars. </p> <p>On June 8th retired detective, and former Canine handler, Jim Litke emailed the EPSVA &ldquo;&hellip;I was broadsided on the passenger side of 920 and briefly knocked-out. When I woke up, I was sitting on the passenger&rsquo;s side, going down the wrong side of the street and heading for a wooden power pole. I was able to get the car stopped by stretching out my left leg and applying the brakes&hellip; Do you know where the car is, or is that an old picture? I would love to see it for old time&rsquo;s sake.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jim was eager to see 920 once more. We agreed to head out there and perhaps snap a photo of him leaning against the side, arms folded. The reunion was to be magical.&nbsp;</p> <p>Five days later Jim pulled up to the main gate just as a four-by-eight Remax "FOR SALE"&nbsp;sign was being installed. The sign guy said someone locked the gate about 25 minutes ago and drove away. <img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 4px;" src="~/media/CEE86975858E4C97A145F013BE0686D6.ashx?h=183&amp;w=250" /></p> <p>Jim was literally standing at the locked gates of opportunity, scanning the property, wanting to act now &ndash; he was this close. The trophy hunter then gasped, "Look down there along the tree line, something&rsquo;s moving.&rdquo; We could see a figure in blue coveralls sauntering toward us. It was 77-year-old Reg. As he got within a quarter of a mile he used a hand gesture like a baseball umpire confirming the player was safe: both of his hands extended low and outward. Did it mean they were closed? Was he angry?&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s gone boys. It was crushed last week,&rdquo; Reg said with a heavy heart. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m shuttin&rsquo; her down, getting too old for this. I had a car crusher here six days ago.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jim would have seriously considered buying the car that day and Reg finally had the buyer he had been waiting for. After 37 years both of them were six days short of walking away satisfied. Joni Mitchell may have penned it best in Big Yellow Taxi&hellip; &ldquo;You don't know what you got 'til it's gone&rdquo;. </p> 27 Jun 2016 14:45:00 UT City Breaks Ground on Alex Decoteau Park EPS celebrates its second park dedication this week. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe height="315" src="" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Right now, it&rsquo;s a dirt parking lot with sagging wooden dividers. Located on the northwest corner of 105 Street and 102 Avenue, this worn-out lot is about to get new life. Today, Acting Chief Tony Harder joined Mayor Iveson, Decoteau descendant Izola Mottershead and Chris Buyze, President of the Downtown Edmonton Community League to break ground on Alex Decoteau Park.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Parks like this create safe zones,&rdquo; said Acting Chief Harder in his remarks to the onlookers. &ldquo;They attract good people, and that helps our downtown core stay safe and vibrant.&rdquo; When completed, the park will feature water fountains, a fenced off-leash area, public art and a community vegetable garden.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">To learn more about Alex Decoteau, you can visit our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5DE623B31145484093A3216D6C7ADB64&amp;_z=z">Legacy of Heroes Comic Book page</a>.</p> 10 Jun 2016 20:25:00 UT Constable Dan Woodall Park The City of Edmonton dedicated a new park in honour of Constable Dan Woodall on the one-year anniversary of his death. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe height="315" src="" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Constable Woodall was a proud member of the Edmonton Police Service when he was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 8, 2015. &nbsp;He will be remembered for his courage, compassion and service to the community.<a href="~/media/775555501BCC4E3F93D47C4E5AB94482.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 3px; height: 180px; width: 350px; float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-top: 4px;" src="~/media/775555501BCC4E3F93D47C4E5AB94482.ashx" /></a></p> <p style="text-autospace: ;">Following Dan&rsquo;s death, there was an outpouring of sympathy, support and appreciation from citizens, as well as calls for a permanent memorial to the fallen police officer.</p> <p style="text-autospace: ;">After reviewing the many suggestions, the City of Edmonton Naming Committee felt the most appropriate legacy would be to name a park after Dan near his former home, since he greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing soccer.</p> <p style="text-autospace: ;">The City of Edmonton named the park after receiving support from the Woodall family, Terwillegar residents, the Edmonton Police Association, and the Edmonton Police Service.</p> <p style="text-autospace: ;">The newly named neighbourhood park is still in development, but will include walking paths, soccer pitch, baseball diamond, toboggan hill and a children&rsquo;s playground.</p> <p style="text-autospace: ;">In the heart of the park, an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree has been planted in memory of Dan. &nbsp;The tree&rsquo;s compost was created from all of the sympathy flowers given to police after Dan&rsquo;s death. &nbsp;Dan is also remembered by a monument and several commemorative benches that have been donated and placed throughout the park.</p> <p style="text-autospace: ;"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FAFDA324A91044F9A8D241BFCBA1B089&amp;_z=z">Constable Dan Woodall</a>&nbsp;will be missed, but his memory will live on in the park that bears his name.</p> 08 Jun 2016 13:41:00 UT Police and fire cadets take part in joint training exercise 52 police and fire cadets participated in joint training exercises on April 27th at the Edmonton Fire Rescue Service’s (EFRS) Practical Training Facility. <p><a href="~/media/557CD2A085694611B18C3E287A672E4E.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/557CD2A085694611B18C3E287A672E4E.ashx?h=375&amp;w=250" /></a>The simulations provided cadets with an opportunity to share experiences and gain an understanding of the role of other emergency responders.</p> <p>A relay race saw cadets running a circuit that included climbing several flights of stairs and hoisting a fire hose to the top with a rope, running with a charged fire hose and dragging a dummy while running backward. </p> <p>In the police search and handcuff scenario, cadets searched a dark building for a suspect, chased, caught, and finally, handcuffed the suspect. </p> <p>A simulated automobile collision demonstrated how critical it is fo<a href="~/media/646B93C4B6BF4BD0AC02C272FD2AC516.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 199px; width: 250px; float: right; margin-left: 2px; margin-top: 2px;" src="~/media/646B93C4B6BF4BD0AC02C272FD2AC516.ashx" /></a>r fire, police and EMS to work together. </p> <p>Nineteen volunteers, including EPS, EMS and EFRS personnel, helped make the day a big success. &ldquo;The day was a big hit with all of the cadets,&rdquo; said Constable Shannon Tenney, EPS Cadet Coordinator. &ldquo;They really worked hard and showed great comradery and team spirit.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="~/media/1041879867DC4BF69EE55E120ABCE67C.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="height: 166px; width: 250px;" src="~/media/1041879867DC4BF69EE55E120ABCE67C.ashx?h=167&amp;w=251" /></a><a href="~/media/07DBA35CC1054A8DA04EBC83D88F6250.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="height: 166px; width: 222px;" src="~/media/07DBA35CC1054A8DA04EBC83D88F6250.ashx?h=199&amp;w=265" /></a><a href="~/media/646B93C4B6BF4BD0AC02C272FD2AC516.ashx"></a></p> 04 May 2016 14:35:00 UT This is Who We Are - Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail EPS’ Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail and Traffic Section are dedicated to keeping our roadways safe. <p><iframe height="315" src="" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Commercial vehicles are defined as vehicles that are getting compensated for money that are as registered &ldquo;commercial&rdquo; and typically weigh 4,500 kg or more. Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail conduct regularly scheduled road-side inspections on commercial vehicles within the city, conduct proactive vehicle stops, are available for consultation with patrol members and work directly with the Alberta Motor Transport Association to educate them about the Traffic Safety Act and safe commercial vehicle practices. </p> <p>Some of the typical issues Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail find with large trucks include: permitting issues, cracked frames, worn out axels and tires, load security, load weights. </p> <p>According to the City of Edmonton, it costs about $1 Million to fix one kilometre of roadway. If commercial vehicles are overweight, the roadway can quickly deteriorate, substantially decreasing the lifespan it was designed for. </p> <p>Roadway safety for all road users is the priority for the EPS. </p> <p>EPS Commercial Vehicle Inspection Officers are available to consult on files and assist with road-side inspections. </p> 20 Apr 2016 19:45:00 UT 38 students graduate from 2016 Youth Recruit Academy Thirty-eight Edmonton high school students decided they’d rather spend spring break experiencing a day in the life of a police officer than watching movies or staying up late gaming. <p><a href="~/media/53F332AD5D6B4FBD99A0DF039CB5109C.ashx" target="_blank"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; float: left; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/53F332AD5D6B4FBD99A0DF039CB5109C.ashx?h=184&amp;w=300" /></a>These enthusiastic youths spent three days pushing their bodies to the limit and learning about some of the exciting opportunities a career in law enforcement has to offer.</p> <p>The Youth Recruit Academy program was developed by <a href="~/media/0DCD36F7408B4E31A314241193964C42.ashx" target="_blank"><img alt="" style="float: right; margin: 2px 0px 2px 2px;" src="~/media/0DCD36F7408B4E31A314241193964C42.ashx?h=300&amp;w=200" /></a>Edmonton Police Service School Resource Officers (SROs) in 2015. It was so popular with students that SROs decided to do it again this year.&nbsp; </p> <p>Youth recruits spent part of each day readying for the Final Fitness Challenge, a mini version of the gruelling physical test applicants to EPS take to determine physical readiness for the job.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Although modified, the Youth Recruit Academy&rsquo;s Final Fitness Challenge is no walk in the park. Each recruit began by maneuvering a timed obstacle course, directly into a simulated physical altercation followed by a foot chase wearing vision impairment goggles, finally ending with handcuffing the fake subject.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="~/media/0BDD4F53D51B4D2F95B38F67BFA81100.ashx" target="_blank"><img alt="" style="float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 4px;" src="~/media/0BDD4F53D51B4D2F95B38F67BFA81100.ashx?h=269&amp;w=200" /></a>SRO Brian McCune said to the graduating youth recruits: &ldquo;I saw 38 kids begin this program as individuals and today you finish as a team. We are very proud of each and every one of you.&rdquo;</p> <p>Awards for fitness, humanitarianism and leadership were presented to outstanding recruits. SROs plan on continuing to offer the program into the future.</p> 06 Apr 2016 20:41:00 UT It’s Fraud Prevention Month . . . let’s talk about cyber-crimes A life without the internet today is hard to imagine; people interact with each other and conduct their daily business online. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This convenience at our fingertips can often come at a high price, where there is money, there is potential for crime. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>Phishing Emails:</b></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">One very successful method used by cyber-criminals is to send out mass emails, known as phishing emails. The cyber-criminals attempt to lure the reader in to a false sense of security by making the email appear legitimate. Often the email appears to be from a legitimate email address, or even someone you know. The emails may also be disguised to be from your local bank, or credit card company, and may contain a link. If you click on the link you may be redirected to a webpage that looks like the real website, and it will ask you for your login credentials. The website is in fact controlled by the cyber-criminal, and if you attempt to login you actually provide the criminal with your credentials. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Phishing scams are fairly simple to set up, and because of that they are very common. The cyber-criminal does not target you specifically, instead they targets thousands of users hoping that someone will fall for the trap they laid.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>Ransomware</b></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Another trend we see on the rise is the use of Ransomware. Much like the phishing emails the cyber-criminal may distribute emails disguised as legitimate emails, with custom built software in an attachment. The emails may allude to the fact there is an invoice attached, or a billing statement, in the hopes the reader will be curious and open it. Once open, the software will be installed unbeknownst to the user. Ransomware will then typically work in the shadows, encrypting all the user&rsquo;s files, essentially preventing the user from viewing or accessing the files. A message will then be sent to the user demanding payment to decrypt the files. Even if paid, there is no guarantee the files will be unlocked. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b>Online scams</b></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Scams have been around for a long time, the Internet just provides a new method to deliver them. A frequent online scam we see is merchandise for sale that doesn&rsquo;t exist. The internet offers the tool to set up a meet, where the victim is then robbed. Another frequent scam is the befriending of victims online, even making them think they are in love and will get married. Cyber-criminals may work on multiple victims for months at a time, and are rarely even in the same country. The victim will then be given a tragic story or reason as to why they need money, at which time the victim transfers money out of the country. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The list of cybercrimes goes on; the only limit to the types of crimes committed on the internet is the creativity of the cyber-criminal. As such people must be vigilant, here a few tips from on how to protect yourself:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure you have an up to date Anti-Virus Software and Firewall on your computer </li> <li>Ensure you update your operating system, i.e. enable automatic updates or schedule them weekly</li> <li>Do not open email attachments from unknown recipients</li> <li>If you are not sure about an email attachment from a trusted source, ask them</li> <li>Do not download files from unknown sources</li> <li>Never use the same password for multiple sites</li> <li>Ensure you backup your important data, such as photos, to an external hard drive that is not always attached to your computer or use an online backup program</li> <li>When buying merchandise in person make sure you meet in a well-lit public place</li> <li>If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is</li> <li>Tell a friend where you are, never go to meet someone alone</li> <li>Always be suspicious when meeting people online and never share personal details such as date or birth, or banking information </li> <li>Never transfer money to someone you don&rsquo;t know or haven&rsquo;t met.</li> </ul> 18 Mar 2016 20:24:00 UT Detective Bill Allen arms seniors to take on fraudsters There is nothing Detective Bill Allen, an investigator with the Edmonton Police Service’s Economic Crimes Section, hates more than seeing seniors get bilked out of their hard-earned money. <p><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 189px; width: 300px; float: left; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/4D185F29759E481597CCF69866713793.ashx" />He has heard some heart-breaking stories over the years. Like the one about the senior who, over time, paid $175,000 to have a virus removed from his computer. Except the virus didn&rsquo;t exist, and the con artist badgered, bullied and brainwashed this gentleman until he gave up his life savings. </p> <p>Detective Allen gives upwards of 70 fraud prevention presentations every year to a variety of audiences. &ldquo;I do this work because I believe the best defense against fraud is knowledge,&rdquo; says Detective Allen. &ldquo;I tell seniors, &lsquo;You earned your money, you keep it.&rsquo; I want them to know that it&rsquo;s not only okay, but it&rsquo;s necessary, to question anyone who asks you for money.&rdquo;</p> <p>On March 8<sup>th</sup>, more than 80 seniors gathered at the Central Lions Senior Citizens Recreation Centre to take part in a fraud prevention information session. Detective Allen and RCMP Constable Phil Pinon talked to seniors about mass marketing scams, how to avoid falling victim to them, and the most effective way to report them. </p> <p><img alt="" style="height: 223px; width: 300px; float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/8752259A35D846DAA1225A282ADE6666.ashx" />&ldquo;We as seniors have to be so careful in any financial doings,&rdquo; says Harry Anderson, long-time member of the Central Lions Seniors Association. &ldquo;Staying current about what types of scams are out there means we&rsquo;re more informed, and that knowledge is the best weapon we have against these bad guys.&rdquo;</p> <p>Police encourage anyone receiving suspicious, unsolicited telephone calls, emails or letters, to call the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre</a> at 1-888-495-8501. Police can be contacted through the non-emergency number at 780-423-4567 if a fraud attempt has been <b>successful</b>.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Fraud prevention tips and resources:</p> <ul> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D8A627479DCD1B8A5685551A5021687A&amp;_z=z">Edmonton Police Service &ndash; Safety Tips for Seniors</a> </li> <li><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=9C9ADAC4B7F545AF831D5F52FACF552D&amp;_z=z">Edmonton Police Service- Fraud Prevention</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RCMP - Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security</a> <a href="" target="_blank"> <li>Government of Canada Competition Bureau &ndash; Little Black Book of Scams </li> </a></li> </ul> 11 Mar 2016 16:26:00 UT This Career Changes Everything Today, the Edmonton Police Service celebrates International Women’s Day. <iframe height="315" src="" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">March 8, 2016 is International Women&rsquo;s Day, which&nbsp;focuses on gender parity, in and out of the workplace, and the efforts still required to achieve true equality for women. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">To commemorate the day, the Edmonton Police Service has&nbsp;produced, <em>This Career Changes Everything&nbsp;</em>to create awareness about women in policing and the necessary and unique perspective they bring to law enforcement.&nbsp;In the video, a variety of female officers speak about what a career in policing means to them.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">We support the International Women's Day, and we celebrate all women!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><i>&ldquo;Take today to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let&rsquo;s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.&rdquo;</i> &ndash; International Women&rsquo;s Day website.</p> <p style="vertical-align: middle; background: white; margin: 0cm 0cm 6.75pt; line-height: 12pt;">To learn more about International Women&rsquo;s Day, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> 08 Mar 2016 20:16:00 UT