Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 07 Feb 2016 05:37:16 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 LETR Polar Plunge Raises $36,000 One hundred and twenty brave souls leaped into the frigid waters at Lake Summerside on January 17th to show their support for Special Olympics. <p><img style="height: 166px; width: 213px; float: right; margin-left: 2px;" alt="Johnny Byrne, President and CEO of Alberta Special Olympics " src="~/media/B45FE63F4F56421CAD1EE1EE60F33A4D.ashx?h=312&amp;w=401" />Yes, it was cold; minus 24 or so. The temperature didn&rsquo;t deter EPS members, Alberta law enforcement officers and others from taking the plunge. Johnny Byrne, President and CEO of Alberta Special Olympics, took the dive along with Special Olympics athletes Amanda Grossman and Brent Toner. About 100 spectators, including the media, family and friends of plungers, and local community members cheered them on. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 2px;" alt="Brent Toner, Special Olympics Athlete" src="~/media/E32F0C568C874F9786F69999CA407EA3.ashx?h=166&amp;w=251" />The event in Edmonton raised over $36,000, contributing 36 percent to the provincial goal of $100,000! Funds go to purchase sports equipment, assist with athlete training, and travel expenses. &ldquo;Without the polar plunge fundraiser and the many people and organizations that help make the event possible, athletes would not have as many great opportunities to compete,&rdquo; said Constable Amanda Trenchard, event organizer and Special Olympics coach. Northwest Scuba cut and prepared the hole in the lake, and provided water safety for plungers. The community of Lake Summerside donated access to the lake and beach club.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <br /> <p><img style="float: right; margin-left: 2px;" alt="Amanda Grossman, Special Olympics Athlete" src="~/media/4FE7F68604E5499586E3C0399BAD4DA1.ashx?h=166&amp;w=251" />&ldquo;Special Olympics is the charity of choice for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is supported all over the world by law enforcement;&rdquo; said EPS Inspector Dan Jones, who joined in taking the plunge. &ldquo;EPS is proud to support this cause, even on a day as cold as today!&rdquo; </p> <br /> <p>You can&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">donate</a> to the cause until the end of January.</p> 25 Jan 2016 21:24:00 UT This is Who We Are - Search Managers An EPS Search Manager is a police officer who provides leadership to effectively co-ordinate a search and rescue operation. <iframe height="315" src="" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe> <p>The search manager has jurisdictional and functional responsibility and assumes overall control of the search and rescue operation, working in tandem with an incident commander. </p> <p>The role of a Search Manager is to direct the deployment of the local ground SAR group (and volunteers) and other police resources assigned to the search. Search Managers can be deployed to search for lost, missing or despondent persons, and are specially training in searching for evidence. </p> <p>Search Managers are available on call-out and typically respond to 30-40 calls per year. </p> 20 Jan 2016 14:39:00 UT The Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT) Today Cst. Barry Fairhurst and social worker Liz Rzechowska sat down with us to fill us in on how CARRT operates today. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>"How will Santa find me?" </strong>(Eight-year-old CARRT client)</p> <p>It was just before Christmas when CARRT member Cst. Barry Fairhurst and his&nbsp; partner (Social Worker Marley McGonigle) knocked on the door of a woman they knew was selling drugs. An eight-year-old boy, home all alone, opened the door.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were there because this little guy&rsquo;s mom neglected to pay attention to what he needed. It concerned me as the boy was okay with CARRT members taking him out of his home. He looked up at me and asked how Santa would find him once he was placed in care. That was his only concern.</p> <p>Here was a little boy about to be removed from his home, and he still believed in the magic, he still believed in Santa. </p> <p>His mother was making terrible decisions based upon her addictions and lifestyle choices. I feel that CARRT is necessary to provide children like this with a voice, a voice that tells their parents that the decisions they make have a huge impact on their kids&rsquo; lives.</p> <p>Kids are very resilient, but they still need someone to tell their parents that their actions have to stop, as their kids are being neglected and hurt.&rdquo;</p> <p><b>It&rsquo;s all about partnerships</b></p> <p>&ldquo;I knew a&nbsp;lot of CARRT social workers before I joined so I knew what to expect,&rdquo; says Social Worker Liz Rzechowska. &ldquo;I was surprised, though, at how busy it is, at the sheer amount of things that happen on a Monday or Tuesday night. You would just not imagine when you&rsquo;re chilling with your family, what&rsquo;s going on out there . . . what we&rsquo;re dealing with every single day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rzechowska notes that she was accustomed to interviewing families and victims from a Children Services perspective, which is all about safety. Because of her time with CARRT, the interviews she now conducts are more expansive. She has learned what type of information police officers need in order to lay charges.</p> <p>She went on to note, &ldquo;We work with lots of other professionals as well, like the Crown and the Child Adolescent Protection Centre at the Stollery where they specialize in exams that detect abuse. </p> <p>CARRT also has amazing volunteers. Sometimes the big files come in on a weekend. We have on-call staff who can call in volunteers at a moment&rsquo;s notice. Dedicated and highly trained volunteers will show up in the middle of the night to sit with the kids. They&rsquo;re an important part of our team.&rdquo;</p> 04 Dec 2015 17:56:00 UT The Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT) celebrates its 20th anniversary. CARRT was one of the first programs in Canada to pair up police officers and social workers. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <div></div> <p><b>History of CARRT</b></p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re in the kitchen, and the mom has grabbed her two children by the hair . . . she won&rsquo;t let go,&rdquo; says Detective Brian Robertson, original member of the Child At Risk Response Team (CARRT).</p> <p>Robertson and his partner, then-Social Worker Menasha Nikhani, were apprehending two children. Working together, they managed to disentangle the woman&rsquo;s fingers from the childrens&rsquo; hair. Then, they each picked up a child and ran out of the house, jumped into a police car and sped away.</p> <p>Just another day in the life of CARRT workers.</p> <p><b>Life before CARRT</b></p> <p>Before CARRT was founded, police officers who encountered children in unsafe situations did their best to keep the children calm. They would call the Crisis Unit, who would then respond and send their van to pick up the children.</p> <p>&ldquo;We only had one van that operated city-wide back then. If that was already on another call, we would respond in our personal vehicles&rdquo; notes former CARRT Social Worker, Pamela Thompson.</p> <p>Police had the authority to apprehend if required. At times they would transport children to the Crisis Unit. Things ran more smoothly once CARRT was introduced. Under CARRT, if it looked like a placement was needed, Social Workers could sometimes take the kids directly to a foster home or other approved family member.</p> <p><b>CARRT is born</b></p> <p>Because social workers and police officers encountered each on calls, they got to know one another. As a social worker, Pamela Thompson had worked on a few cases with then-Constable Brian Robertson.</p> <p>The two of them started to compare notes. They soon realized that if social workers and police officers could formalize their working relationships, children-at-risk could be helped in a timely manner.</p> <p>Thompson knew that the City of Vancouver had a program called Car 86 whereby social workers were paired with police officers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Car 86 was a good program. We took what they did and expanded upon it. I was the first social worker to be permanently assigned to work at Police Headquarters.</p> <p>The first few months were challenging, as we worked our way through bumps in the system. Within a year, though, all police divisions wanted their own CARRT units.&rdquo;</p> <p><b>CARRT today</b></p> <p>When Robertson and Thompson talk about how CARRT has evolved, they are impressed by how smoothly run the operation has become.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today, officers know what to do if they encounter children-at-risk. They know to ask the parents if there is someone who can take care of the children, and they know they can call CARRT any time,&rdquo; says Robertson.</p> <p>Thompson added, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just so gratifying to know that CARRT operates so efficiently, and that the partnership between Health Services and the Edmonton Police Service is so strong and supportive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thompson and Robertson agree that it was a privilege to have been there at the beginning, overcoming challenges and laying the groundwork for all that CARRT has become.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re also quick to credit the social workers and police officers who came before them and after them.</p> <p>CARRT is a success story. It was the first comprehensive program of its type in the country. Police agencies from around the world have studied it and based their programs on the CARRT model. The Calgary Police Service was one of the first to pattern a similar program after CARRT. </p> 27 Nov 2015 17:39:00 UT This is Who We Are - Cadet Corps The Edmonton Police Service Cadet Corps is open to all youth ages 13 to 19 that are looking for new challenges and adventures. Cadets make a difference in their community and if you have an interest in a future career in law enforcement, that’s an added bonus! <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The goal of the EPS Cadet Corps is to instill a sense of community, citizenship and a leadership mindset within youth. </p> <p>Following the structure of the Edmonton Police Service, Cadets follow a paramilitary structure requiring students to follow regimental protocols including parades, drills and a defined rank structure among the participants.</p> <p>An EPS Cadet may have an opportunity to be involved with: Canine Unit, Air -1, Tactical Section, scenario training, police drills, physical fitness challenges and self-defence training. Cadets also volunteer in the community and may participate in leadership retreats. </p> <p>Police Cadets meet each Wednesday from 1800 hrs to 2100 hrs during the school year. </p> <p>For more information see&nbsp;the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192D9202F3AF45D5B2743D91C1FA83BD&amp;_z=z">Cadets webpage</a>, &nbsp;email: <a href=""></a>, or phone 780-421-3555.</p> 18 Nov 2015 14:46:00 UT 7 Officers receive citations for heroism At a ceremony held on Nov. 2 at PHQ, 32 Albertans received citations from the Royal Canadian Humane Association for their heroism. Among those receiving this prestigious acknowledgment were seven EPS members. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 362px;" src="~/media/20B118853D994349B7D9D392DF8B5A3E.ashx" /></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>C</strong><strong>st. Duane Bateman, Brad Tilley, and Cst. Julianne Toner&nbsp; </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">On the afternoon of November 5, 2014 a speeding vehicle struck another making a left hand turn across a busy intersection in Edmonton. A total of 5 occupants sustained various degrees of injuries. Brad Tilley, an off duty Edmonton Fire Fighter, stopped his vehicle to help. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">One of the vehicles, an SUV, was lying on its roof halfway up a berm. Brad rushed over to the unstable vehicle and noticed gasoline leaking from it. He asked a bystander to get a fire extinguisher from his car, then he crawled into the SUV to turn off the ignition switch to prevent any sparks from igniting the gasoline. The father was lying across the front seat with his head outside the passenger window. Brad noted that the daughter was pinned in the back seat and could not be reached until the father was removed. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Emergency crews, including Cst. Julianne Toner and Cst. Duane Bateman were now on the scene. There was smoke coming from the vehicle and concern that the SUV might catch on fire. Despite gasoline dripping on her, Cst. Toner assisted firefighters by holding the father&rsquo;s head while he was removed from the vehicle. He was put on a spinal board and taken to hospital. Cst. Bateman came to the aid of the girl in the back seat whose legs were pinned. He noticed she was having trouble breathing due to her back and neck being severely arched. While Brad raised the girl&rsquo;s arms, Cst. Bateman placed a rolled up blanket under the girl to make her more comfortable. There was gasoline pouring onto her and dripping on both men. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Once the father had been removed from the vehicle they were able to free the daughter, remove her from the vehicle, and she was also taken to hospital. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For removing two people from an extremely dangerous situation the Bronze Medal for Bravery was awarded to Cst. Duane Bateman, Cst. Julianne Toner, and Brad Tilley. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" width="500" height="333" src="~/media/3A256E7AB81A4E829BD46D43902FC7F7.ashx?h=333&amp;w=500" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>Constables&nbsp;Nathan Sharuga, Norm Wong, Ethan Watts, Brandon Myhre, and Timothy Moeller </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">On October 24, 2014, just after midnight, Constables Wong and Moeller came upon a burning townhouse complex that was under construction in west Edmonton. The fire was already burning out of control so they called for the fire department and additional police assistance. The building was unoccupied; however, the fire began to spread to three nearby residences that were occupied. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Constables Moeller and Wong began banging on the doors and where joined by Constables Sharuga, Watts and Myhre. They were able to get the residents out of two suites but there was no answer at the third. The fire was intensifying and the heat was almost unbearably as Cst. Wong continued banging on the door. A female finally came to the door. When she realized the danger she grabbed her small child, followed Cst. Wong to safety and informed him that her elderly paralyzed father was still inside. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">While Cst. Sharuga re-checked the first two suites to make sure they were empty, Constables Moeller, Myhre, Watts and Wong entered the last one to carry out the paralysed victim. The flames and thick smoke were billowing around them making breathing difficult. As they carried the male out to safety, sparks and other debris fell on and around them. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Once they confirmed that the 3 suites were empty the five constables moved on to evacuate other neighbouring buildings. By this time the Fire Department had arrived and quickly contained and controlled the fire while additional Police units came to assist with evacuations. The quick thinking and brave actions of the five constables helped to save four adults and a child.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">For risking their lives, going above and beyond the call of duty to save the lives of others, the Bronze Medal for Bravery was awarded to Constables Timothy Moeller, Brandon Myhre, Nathan Sharuga, Ethan Watts and Norm Wong. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><em>Presenting these awards was Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and A/Chief Tony Harder.</em> </p> 04 Nov 2015 15:02:00 UT This is Who We Are - Crisis Negotiators Unit The EPS Crisis Negotiators Unit uses their active listening skills to really hear the troubles people face. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Working in teams of two, negotiators bring calm and rational thought to a situation for a successful conclusion. </p> <p>Negotiators have a sincere interest in the individuals&rsquo; well-being they are working with. They are non-judgmental, engage in conversation and build a rapport with someone experiencing a crisis. Negotiators facilitate crisis interventions and negotiations with subjects. </p> <p>The EPS Crisis Negotiators Unit consists of skilled sworn members of the EPS who are called out to support incident commanders at events such as armed and barricaded persons, hostage situations and critical incidents.</p> <p>Tactical and first responders recognize these critical incidents and work as a team to contribute to the Crisis Negotiators Unit&rsquo;s success. </p> <p>Each crisis is different. Every call is unique.</p> 21 Oct 2015 15:46:00 UT Yellowcard Day - #nogoodway to use the R-word Jenny Murray, a Special Olympics athlete and five-time medal winner, spoke at the Yellowcard Day event hosted by Edmonton Police Service on October 8th at City Hall. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Here&rsquo;s some of what she had to say about how she feels when she hears people using the R-word (retard). </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;They say that sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. Well, I&rsquo;m here to tell you it does hurt. When I started going to school the kids made fun of me because I had an overbite. It made me feel very upset about myself. And when I went home my neighbourhood friends would tease me and call me the R-word. I didn&rsquo;t want to go out to play and just wanted to stay at home. Even though my family made me feel special, when I would hear the R-word it made me feel sad. I&rsquo;d like to challenge people to find other words to express themselves rather than using the R-word.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Yellowcard Day is held annually on October 8<sup>th</sup>, and aims to eliminate the casual use of the R-word in everyday conversation. Edmonton Police Service and the law enforcement community have enjoyed a long-standing, rich history with Special Olympics athletes. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;Today I ask all of the men and women in law enforcement to become ambassadors for this important initiative and to take the pledge to stop using the using the R-word,&rdquo; said Superintendent Mark Neufeld with Edmonton Police Service. &ldquo;Not because you must, but because you can, and because it matters.&rdquo; </p> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" width="600" height="462" src="~/media/D2C420F707A149AE9CF6479875CD871F.ashx" /></p> <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><em>(EPS' Supt. Neufeld, Special Olympics gold medalist Jenny Murray, President of Special Olympics AB Johnny Byrne, CTV's Rob Williams)</em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Please go to <a href=""></a> and take the pledge to stop using the R-word. Use social media to spread the message, because there is <b>#nogoodway</b> to use the R-word!</p> 09 Oct 2015 17:42:00 UT Edmonton’s Most Wanted Have you checked our Most Wanted Webpage recently? <p>We keep it current by adding new entries every week. We also use Facebook, Twitter, and our mobile app to share our Most Wanteds with the public.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>All of the individuals listed on our&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C5C0000EF8AE4CC8938C49294EA0D36C&amp;_z=z">Most Wanted Webpage</a> have outstanding warrants. In some cases, there are numerous warrants for one person.</p> <p><b>What&rsquo;s a criminal warrant?</b></p> <p>A criminal warrant is a legal document that empowers the police to arrest an individual because they have broken a law, or numerous laws, and has not appeared in court to answer to their charges. Sometimes warrants are issued for people who haven&rsquo;t been arrested at all because they are a threat to public safety and cannot be located right away. </p> <p>For instance, if someone is arrested for breaking into a house, they will be charged with Break and Enter and given a court date. If this person does not show up for court, a warrant for Break and Enter will be issued for this person, as well as a Fail to Appear for Court warrant &ndash; which is an additional criminal charge. Taken further, if this person was wearing a mask at the time of the Break and Enter, they will also have an additional warrant for wearing a disguise.</p> <p>And that is why some individuals have numerous warrants on record. We once arrested someone with 113 warrants!</p> <p><b>We rely on you!</b></p> <p>We always do our best to catch up with people who have outstanding warrants, but Edmonton is a big city. So, we rely on you to help us out. </p> <p>Recently a sharp-eyed Edmontonian helped us catch up with an individual who had three warrants, including one for assault with a weapon. The citizen who contacted us had seen a photo of the individual on our Most Wanted page.</p> <p>Because of this page, we&rsquo;ve arrested&nbsp;50 people (for a total of&nbsp;464 warrants) since April 2015.</p> <p>Please be sure to check out the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C5C0000EF8AE4CC8938C49294EA0D36C&amp;_z=z">Most Wanted Webpage </a>every week. You&rsquo;re our eyes and ears on the street!</p> 25 Sep 2015 14:06:00 UT This is Who We Are - Heavy Users of Services Project <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As part of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=060DBF88A8F744CC917A643EF5C2E5AC&amp;_z=z">EPS Violence Reduction Strategy</a>, Heavy Users of Service (HUoS) was established by 16 community stakeholders who believed a new and unique harmonization was necessary to address Edmonton&rsquo;s most at-risk citizens.<hr /> </p> <p>For more<em> This is Who We Are,</em> <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">click here</a>.</p> 22 Sep 2015 17:00:00 UT