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 28 May 2016 02:01:00 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. 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 kilometer 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 It’s Fraud Prevention Month . . . let’s talk about cyber-crimes http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CyberCrimes.aspx 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/BillAllenOnSeniorsFraud.aspx 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="http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm" 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="http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/ccaps-spcca/seniors-aines-eng.htm" target="_blank">RCMP - Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security</a> <a href="http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03074.html" 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/WomensDay.aspx Today, the Edmonton Police Service celebrates International Women’s Day. <iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wnp9sQFrUYo" 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="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/" target="_blank">http://www.internationalwomensday.com/</a></p> 08 Mar 2016 20:16:00 UT Sgt. Grant Jongejan receives the 2015 Kiwanis Top Cop Award http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2015KiwanisTopCop.aspx <iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B9NXmYutrFk" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe> <p>Sergeant Grant Jongejan has coached high school football for nearly two and one half decades; 20 years with St. Francis Xavier High School and recently at Ross Shepherd High School.</p> <p>Over the years, Grant has exposed other EPS members to the triumphs and challenges of the gridiron. T/A Staff Sergeant Steven Maertens-Poole, who nominated Grant, says, &ldquo;In addition to taking on the duties of a high school football coach Grant actively recruits other EPS members to volunteer their time. His leadership and enthusiasm resulted in a total of five EPS members having a positive impact on hundreds of student athletes over the past two decades.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lee Burak, is a teacher and former football coach at St. Francis Xavier and has enjoyed a relationship with Grant, both on and off the field. &ldquo;Grant is rare, and our community is so blessed with his service.&nbsp; It is so fitting we can honour one who honours us every single day with his passion and commitment to our community. This is a humble person who never seeks to receive accolades, he so richly deserves.&nbsp; I am so very proud to call him a friend.&rdquo; </p> <p>Grant started with EPS in 1995. Today, he is a respected Sergeant with the Bomb Detail of the Tactical Section within EPS.&nbsp; He also serves as Chair of the Tri Service (EPS, Edmonton Fire Rescue and Alberta Health Services) response group and is currently President of the Canadian Explosive Technician&rsquo;s Association. He is described as an exceptional team player who will take the lead and assist others any way he can. </p> 04 Mar 2016 22:15:00 UT This is Who We Are - Flight Operations Unit http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_FlightOps.aspx Air-1 is the organization’s eye in the sky and all pilots are EPS officers. <iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tq1hQS6f9cc" frameborder="0" width="560"></iframe><br /> <p>Air-1 was first initiated by the public with an initiative called Project S.O.S. (Spotlight on Safety) in 2001. A second helicopter was added to the fleet in 2009. The helicopters were chosen based on being the quietest single engine helicopter and are equipped with an infrared camera system, digital mapping system, EPS and RCMP radios, and a microwave downlink. </p> <p>Air-1 attends over 2,800 calls per year and has a 98% driver apprehension rate when involved with fleeing vehicles. &nbsp;The use of Air-1 increases the probability of arrests from evading suspects. In 2015, Air-1 assisted in locating 438 suspects in relation to active investigations and 412 arrests are likely as result of the contributions of Air-1 support to the front line. </p> <p>Air-1 proudly supports ground members responding to calls for service. Their communication with Canine Unit and Patrol Units create the perfect team for assisting citizens and solving crimes.</p> 24 Feb 2016 15:20:00 UT Edmonton LETR Polar Plunge Raises $36,000 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2016PolarPlunge.aspx 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="https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/Donate.aspx?eventid=181125" 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 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_SearchManagers.aspx An EPS Search Manager is a police officer who provides leadership to effectively co-ordinate a search and rescue operation. <iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-EIkG3bo_rk" 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