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 30 Sep 2016 22:12:46 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2016, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Air-1 Crew Receives Prestigious Awards http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/ALEAAward.aspx Edmonton Police Service Constables Chris Anderson and Tyler Tebbutt received the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Captain ‘Gus’ Crawford Memorial Aircrew of the Year Award for 2016. <p><a href="~/media/2ACF0C2E27404F47ADA306EB3F92C92B.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img style="margin-bottom: 2px; float: left; margin-right: 4px;" alt="Cst. Anderson displaying his TFO of the year recognition. " src="~/media/2ACF0C2E27404F47ADA306EB3F92C92B.ashx?h=178&amp;w=250" /></a></p> <p>Cst. Anderson was also named the ALEA Tactical Flight Officer of the Year (TFO).&nbsp; The awards were presented at the ALEA Expo in Savannah, Georgia on July 22, 2016.</p> <p>Both awards were based on the pursuit and capture of two suspects in multiple incidents in early December 2015.*&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Having our unit recognized with two awards is a great honour,&rdquo; said Staff Sergeant Troy Carriere.&nbsp; &ldquo;These awards reflect the professionalism, experience and perseverance our Air 1 members bring to work every day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cst. Chris Anderson has been a member of the EPS for 11 years and has been a full time TFO for the past three-and-a-half years.&nbsp;&nbsp; Cst. Tyler Tebbutt has been a member of the EPS for eight years and a police pilot for the past five years.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>The Captain &lsquo;Gus&rsquo; Crawford Memorial Aircrew of the Year Award acknowledges a pilot and/or crewmember(s) whose flying efforts and proficiency characterize ALEA&rsquo;s motto, &ldquo;To Serve and Protect from the Air.&rdquo;</p> <p>Captain Gus Crawford was a law enforcement aviation pioneer and the commanding officer of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Aviation Bureau at the time of its founding. </p> <p>The TFO award identifies and recognizes a flight crewmember whose performance in the operation of tactical equipment and/or coordination of ground-based assets was exemplary and resulted in the successful conclusion of a call or mission.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/ED6617F58A5840FDBA59FEE810600A94.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img width="300" height="199" alt="Constables Tyler Tebbutt and Chris Anderson with the ALEA Captain &lsquo;Gus&rsquo; Crawford Memorial Airborne Crew of the year award." src="~/media/ED6617F58A5840FDBA59FEE810600A94.ashx?h=199&amp;w=300" width="300" height="199" /></a><br /> <em>Constables Tyler Tebbutt and Chris Anderson with the ALEA Captain &lsquo;Gus&rsquo; Crawford Memorial Aircrew of the year award.</em> </p> <p><b>Background</b></p> <p>*In December 2015, Southwest Division patrol members witnessed a truck collide with their parked police vehicle and flee southbound on 109 Street from 82 Avenue. Upon fleeing the area, the occupants abandoned the vehicle and attempted to steal other vehicles at gunpoint. AIR 1, crewed by Cst. Chris Anderson and Cst. Tyler Tebbutt, was able to locate the abandoned truck and the two suspects in a residential neighborhood and directed police to their location. Prior to being apprehended by ground units, the two suspects stole another vehicle and fled the area. The criminal flight response was terminated, but AIR 1 maintained visual contact as the vehicle drove in excess of 150 km/hr through south Edmonton with zero regard for public safety. With AIR 1 watching, the vehicle came to a stop at a convenience store and its occupants committed an armed robbery. The vehicle again fled the area into Sherwood Park, where the AIR 1 crew coordinated a successful pit manoeuver by a Canine Unit, leading to the arrest of the two occupants.</p> 19 Sep 2016 21:19:00 UT EPS Blues maintain Edmonton’s “City of Champions” title http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/EPSBlues2016.aspx Law enforcement officers from Canada and the United States came together from September 7-9 in Calgary to compete in the North American Police Soccer Tournament for charity. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/293237356F3C4DB2907E0A648D958EAC.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 296px; width: 300px; float: left; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/293237356F3C4DB2907E0A648D958EAC.ashx?h=345&amp;w=350" /></a>Our Blues team represented EPS well and brought home the title of NAPST Men&rsquo;s Recreation Champions. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Throughout the weekend in Calgary, the EPS Blues faced teams from Toronto, San Francisco, Southern Alberta, Ontario, and Calgary. The only game the Blues lost was against Toronto Police Service&rsquo;s team who won 2-0 over us. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The following games were played by the EPS Blues over the September 7-9 weekend: </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Toronto Police vs EPS Blues 2-0 <br /> EPS Blues vs Southern AB/Ontario 1-0 <br /> EPS Blues vs San Francisco 2-0<br /> EPS Blues vs Calgary Police Service 7-1<br /> Semi-Finals: EPS Blues vs Southern AB/Ontario 2-0<br /> Final Game: EPS Blues vs San Francisco 3-0</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">In 2015, the EPS Blues travelled to San Diego for the 2015 NAPST tournament in the Master&rsquo;s division,<a href="~/media/78B684EBFA064FA8A899F229DCC203F6.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="height: 216px; width: 300px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 2px 2px;" src="~/media/78B684EBFA064FA8A899F229DCC203F6.ashx?h=287&amp;w=400" /></a> where they made it to the Semi-Finals, but unfortunately, could not bring home the champion title. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Each member of the Blues is proud to represent the Edmonton Police Service in the community. You can find our team playing friendly games throughout the city in events like at the Austin O&rsquo;Brian High School, All Africa Nations Tournament, the Twin Brooks Community Soccer Windup, and most recently, the 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Woodall Cup. <a href="~/media/3A32B1953AB84E7D82249CBB6831E731.ashx"></a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Woodall Cup was in partnership with FC Edmonton; $7000 was raised in ticket sales alone for the Woodall Foundation. EPS Blues were wiped out from the tournament in Calgary, as the British Selects took the Woodall Cup in a 3-0 win. </p> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/3A32B1953AB84E7D82249CBB6831E731.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img width="351" height="161" alt="" src="~/media/3A32B1953AB84E7D82249CBB6831E731.ashx?h=161&amp;w=351" width="351" height="161" /></a></p> 16 Sep 2016 18:23:00 UT EPS Member Shawna Grimes wins 2016 Daughter of the Year award http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/DaughtersDay2016.aspx Award ceremony took place August 27 at City Hall. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Earlier this year, coworkers secretly nominated Acting Inspector Shawna Grimes for the 2016 Daughter of the Year awards, knowing she&rsquo;d be embarrassed by the attention. But her track record speaks for itself, and nobody was surprised that she won&mdash;except maybe Shawna herself.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">A member of EPS for 23 years, Shawna has held positions in Downtown Division Patrol, Training Section, Police Communications Branch, Sexual Assault Section and Homicide Section, of which she became the first female Staff Sergeant. Shawna also worked in a four-year secondment with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">She is a member of the Victims of Homicide Support Society and sits on the board of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)&mdash;a volunteer position she continues to hold even though she no longer works in the Sexual Assault Section. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t realize how bad it was until I worked there,&rdquo; she says of her time in Sexual Assault. &ldquo;That crime is horrific, and the impact extends through generations.&rdquo; She notes that even today, social biases and stigma make sexual assault one of the most misunderstood and underreported crimes.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">As a mother of two teenage girls, Shawna does feel connected to the Daughters Day initiative. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just a women&rsquo;s issue, it&rsquo;s everyone&rsquo;s issue. If we can create equality in general, for people of every gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion, the world will be a better place for my girls.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since 2012, Daughters Day has recognized inspiring women who make a difference in Edmonton in areas such as the arts, business, volunteerism, education, health, human rights, public service, science and sports. EPS Constable Mona Gill received a <a href="https://youtu.be/CVf8HIN_wZM" target="_blank">Daughter of the Year award in 2013</a>.</p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of <em>Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal</em>.</em></p> ]]> 29 Aug 2016 21:05:00 UT EPS Community Station Closures http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CommunityStationClosure.aspx 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Car920.aspx <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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/DecoteauPark.aspx EPS celebrates its second park dedication this week. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vrQLkzS8HlI" 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/WoodallPark.aspx 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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/n5ABTct45bI" 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/EPSFireCadets.aspx 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_CommercialVehicle.aspx EPS’ Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail and Traffic Section are dedicated to keeping our roadways safe. <p><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N193wibuqBQ" 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2016YRAcademy.aspx 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