Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 23 May 2017 16:55:41 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2016, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. EPS Plants 125 Trees to Commemorate 125th Anniversary The Edmonton Police Service planted 125 trees on its 125th anniversary to recognize its roots in the community and to share a lasting legacy with future generations. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The trees were planted by police officers and school children taking part in the City of Edmonton&rsquo;s annual Arbor Day activities at Gold Bar Park on May 5, 2017.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This was the first time EPS and the City partnered for Arbor Day, which dates back to 1893 in Edmonton.&nbsp; The trees planted on Arbor Day will provide numerous environmental benefits and be enjoyed by Edmontonians for years to come.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Planting a tree together is a symbol of hope for the future,&rdquo; said Chief Rod Knecht.&nbsp; &ldquo;We look back at the last 125 years with pride, and look forward to the next 125 years with promise, knowing that a strong and positive relationship with the community is at the heart of everything we do.&nbsp; Much like these trees, we hope this relationship will continue to flourish for generations.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS also planted an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, as the tree is a symbol of promise for the future.&nbsp; <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/D989CD8B46CD4A64889DDCC3E5F8D8EB.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 401px; height: 267px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/D989CD8B46CD4A64889DDCC3E5F8D8EB.ashx?h=267&amp;&amp;w=401" /></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Over 600 grade one students from across the city planted tree seedlings with members of the EPS School Resource Officer Unit.&nbsp; For many it was their first time interacting with police officers, so to make the experience more memorable, the EPS Canine Unit did demonstrations and EPS Volunteers gave out colouring books and crayons.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Chief Knecht added, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m encouraged by these children, they&rsquo;re aware of their community and the environment, and want to help out and do the right thing.&nbsp; If these are our future leaders and police officers, we&rsquo;re in good hands.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The commemorative tree planting is just one of the many <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=03B7346CCB874337816E1878619035A1&amp;_z=z">public activities </a>planned to celebrate the EPS&rsquo; 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2017.&nbsp;</span></p> 18 May 2017 16:09:13 UT 2017 Youth Recruit Academy another success On March 29, 40 high school students from Edmonton and area graduated from the EPS Youth Recruit Academy. <div class="FLEX-VIDEO" style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe>&nbsp;</div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Now in its third year, the academy had students participating in three days of scenarios, fitness testing, obstacle courses and demonstrations from various policing units including Robbery, Traffic, K-9, Air One, Public Safety Unit and Forensics. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;This has been a real eye opener for all the things you need to be able to do,&rdquo; says participant Lauren Bartusek.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The program has become increasingly competitive to enter, as students from Edmonton and surrounding communities apply for the 40 available spots.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&ldquo;This is a great opportunity for them to see policing is fun, police officers are people, policing is something you could see yourself doing,&rdquo; says Cst. Brian McCune, School Resource Officer with Holy Trinity Catholic High School.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/69FCEA2CB3CB4AD6AB04210466B0B8BD.ashx" rel="LIGHTBOX"><img alt="" style="width: 237px; height: 159px;" src="~/media/69FCEA2CB3CB4AD6AB04210466B0B8BD.ashx?h=159&amp;w=237" /></a>&nbsp; <a href="~/media/68EC1CF5B2C24E66AEE728D3002E99BD.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 159px;" src="~/media/68EC1CF5B2C24E66AEE728D3002E99BD.ashx?h=159&amp;w=250" />&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/4FF72C1D7B5542F29CDEADC335C4C761.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 255px; height: 262px;" src="~/media/4FF72C1D7B5542F29CDEADC335C4C761.ashx?h=262&amp;w=255" /></a>&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 262px;" src="~/media/FE161DE81EE24F9782F166206774E9AF.ashx?h=262&amp;w=250" /></p> 13 Apr 2017 17:36:06 UT amiskwaciy Academy paints Downtown Division with kindness amiskwaciy Academy has had a long-standing relationship with Downtown Division. EPS members wanted to find a creative way to honour and recognize their friendship. <p>After some recent renovations, the division had the perfect blank canvas and wanted to add colour to the walls and remind members about the vibrant city they protect.</p> <p>Officers approached amiskwaciy Academy to create a mural that would reflect the positive relationship between the EPS and indigenous students. The goal of the mural was to reflect trust and understanding that the EPS has with the school and its students. </p> <p>Elder Francis Whiskeyjack and amiskwaciy Academy Principal Fred Hines gathered some of their art students to design and paint the mural. </p> <p>&ldquo;The imagery clearly outlines the relationship we strive to have between our officers and indigenous youth,&rdquo; says Superintendent Ed McIssac of Downtown Division. </p> <p>The mural features strong indigenous cultural symbolism as well as policing and urban themes. Understanding the components of the painting provides a better understanding of its meaning. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/026C3838664043B5856ABFE4AB1A57CC.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 295px; text-align: center; margin-bottom: 10px;" src="~/media/026C3838664043B5856ABFE4AB1A57CC.ashx?h=295&amp;w=400" /></a></p> <p><strong>Youth and Police officer:</strong> The two figures incorporated in the painting represent the partnership between the EPS and amiskwaciy Academy as well as the ongoing commitment from the EPS to work with the indigenous community in Edmonton.</p> <p><strong>Sun:</strong> The sun symbolizes that light that will always shine if the EPS and indigenous community continue to work together.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><strong>Sunrise:</strong> The sunrise represents a fresh start and a positive relationship. It brings warmth to those who see it.</p> <p><strong>Feathers:</strong> It is a high honour to hold an eagle feather. The two figures holding eagle feathers in the air represents the great deeds to come and symbolizes there is strength in walking together.</p> <p><strong>Medicine Wheel:</strong> The Medicine Wheel represents harmony and joining together. There is no hierarchy in the medicine wheel as everything joins evenly. When we close the wheel, we make the world complete. The colours in the wheel represent the elements of our world and the different cultures that make up our city.</p> <p><strong>Cityscape:</strong> The Cityscape embedded into the medicine wheel highlights the place that Edmonton and the EPS has within Treaty 6 territory. </p> 05 Apr 2017 15:56:05 UT Edmonton and area police recover senior’s stolen property Edwin Radke lives in a care facility and still owns a home in Barrhead. Edwin got ill and was unable to check on his home for a short time, so he had no idea someone had broken into his home and stolen a large amount of property, including his deceased wife’s wedding ring and keepsakes. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/8F1DB9724B7C4B6DA319D389E977A00D.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 330px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/8F1DB9724B7C4B6DA319D389E977A00D.ashx?h=330&amp;w=400" /></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On March 3, EPS received reports of a possible stolen utility trailer that had been left on the grass in a community in Northeast Division. When members arrived, a truck with property strapped down was parked beside the trailer. Investigations revealed that the truck was also stolen and was suspected to have weapons inside. A request for more members and two tow trucks was made and both the truck and trailer were removed from the property. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>After further investigations into the recovered property, most of it was suspected to belong to Edwin Radke. It was confirmed when the Barrhead RCMP checked Edwin&rsquo;s home and found his house and shop were recently broken into. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS and RCMP members worked together to transport Edwin&rsquo;s items back to his home in Barrhead and reunite him with his wife&rsquo;s keepsakes. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We really wanted to help this man who had no idea his possessions, especially the items belonging to his wife, were even stolen,&rdquo; Constable Duane Bateman expressed. &ldquo;Edwin had no way to get to Edmonton to pick-up everything we recovered, so we thought we should step in.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A lot of collaboration went into this investigation. We&rsquo;d like to thank those who reported the suspicious trailer and the RCMP in Stony Plain and Barrhead for assisting with this file. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/D8B7D57D97E840FAA83EA3596CC51CCD.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 275px; height: 275px;" src="~/media/D8B7D57D97E840FAA83EA3596CC51CCD.ashx?h=275&amp;w=275" /></a><a href="~/media/550D36C1F2B241D69F46FBF1B99D8EBF.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 275px; height: 278px;" src="~/media/550D36C1F2B241D69F46FBF1B99D8EBF.ashx?h=278&amp;w=275" /></a></span></p> 20 Mar 2017 20:59:34 UT Deputy Chief Recognized for Contributions to Indigenous Community Deputy Chief Tony Harder was presented with an Eagle feather and Pendleton blanket in recognition of his contributions to the Indigenous community at a special ceremony at Amiskwaciy Academy on February 21, 2017. <p><a href="~/media/CB65B214604346F18EDF29920AF75090.ashx" title="Elder Jeanette Lean, Elder Francis Whiskeyjack, Deputy Chief Tony Harder, Principal Fred Hines, and Elder Leith Campbell at Amiskwaciy Academy" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 200px; height: 301px; margin-right: 4px; margin-bottom: 2px; float: left;" src="~/media/CB65B214604346F18EDF29920AF75090.ashx?h=301&amp;w=200" /></a>The presentation was facilitated by Elder Francis Whiskeyjack and Amiskwaciy Principal Fred Hines, and brought together school staff and students, ceremonial drummers, community members, and EPS and Government of Alberta Indigenous Relations employees.</p> <p>To be given an Eagle feather and Pendleton blanket is a great honour and sign of respect among Indigenous peoples.&nbsp; The Eagle is the messenger of the Creator and its sacred feathers symbolize respect, honour, humbleness, truth, love, strength, courage, wisdom and freedom.&nbsp; Blankets also symbolize respect and honour, and when a blanket is placed on a person, it symbolizes wrapping them with the admiration and support of the community.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the years, Deputy Chief Harder has helped to build a partnership between the EPS and Amiskwaciy Academy, as well as a relationship of trust and understanding with Edmonton&rsquo;s Indigenous community. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/4D0E6C6EA8CA449EA31CD37A952BA880.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/4D0E6C6EA8CA449EA31CD37A952BA880.ashx?h=167&amp;w=250" /></a></p> <p>Deputy Chief Tony Harder retires from the EPS on March 3, 2017, after almost 35 years of dedicated and outstanding service to citizens.</p> 24 Feb 2017 20:51:06 UT Edmonton “Plungers” raise $77,219! On Sunday, January 22, 2017, over 230 brave citizens plunged into Lake Summerside for the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Polar Plunge. <p>Luckily, the grey skies did not scare plungers away from this beach-themed event! In fact, the Edmonton Polar Plunge raised an astounding $77,219 for Special Olympics Alberta; double the amount raised last year!</p> <p><a href="~/media/74D74C1E73954138888F19FAEF4A27F7.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 202px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px;" src="~/media/74D74C1E73954138888F19FAEF4A27F7.ashx?h=202&amp;w=250"></img></a><a href="~/media/90740CD3D70F49DAA8FB2B0EC62398BC.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 204px;" src="~/media/90740CD3D70F49DAA8FB2B0EC62398BC.ashx?h=204&amp;w=300"></img></a></p> <p>The freezing waters of Lake Summerside tested the bravery of many law enforcement employees, including our very own Deputy Chief Brian Simpson and Constable Amanda Trenchard, Polar Plunge event organizer and Special Olympics coach. Thanks to the assistance of many volunteers and partners, the Plunge also offered food, hot drinks, a hot tub, marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing, and skating to all plungers and adoring family and friends. </p> <p>This year, the Edmonton Polar Plunge even had Olympic figure skater Jamie Sole, and CBC&rsquo;s Rick Mercer jump in! You can watch the Edmonton event here, thanks to the Rick Mercer Report, which aired on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Three more Polar Plunges are scheduled throughout Alberta with the combined goal of fundraising $250,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. It&rsquo;s not too late to <a href=";langpref=en-CA&amp;" target="_blank">donate</a>!</p> <p>Congratulations to all brave plungers and thank you to everyone who has donated. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Learn more</a> about the Law Enforcement Torch Run. </p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of&nbsp; Michal Grajewski, Rick Mercer Report</em></p> 01 Feb 2017 19:42:56 UT EPS members take introductory sign language course On November 23 and 24, EPS tried out a new idea: an American Sign Language (ASL) course for sworn members. <p style="text-align: center; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/7E1BBD9A21A64F09914821675B5F4B3B.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="height: 159px; width: 350px;" src="~/media/7E1BBD9A21A64F09914821675B5F4B3B.ashx" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The initiative started when Cst. Dave Castillo, a patrol member in SE Division, brought forward a proposal to take ASL training. Iman Saidi, with the EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section discussed the idea with other frontline members, and it became clear that communicating with the Deaf community is an issue service-wide. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Iman worked with Deaf &amp; Hear Alberta, a non-profit society dedicated to removing barriers for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and put together a two-day course tailored to the needs of police. &ldquo;What I learned is that the Deaf community has their own language and culture,&rdquo; explains Iman. &ldquo;And with our efforts to build police trust within different communities in Edmonton, this course seemed like a perfect fit.&rdquo; The course was taught by a facilitator from Deaf &amp; Hear Alberta, and two patrol members from each division took part in the basic ASL and Deaf culture training.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Cst. Dustin Bowdige, who learned some ASL in the past, can attest to the value of basic sign language for patrol members. &ldquo;I was on a call where the individual was suicidal. Another family member, who was deaf, ran outside the house and was trying to communicate. I was able to sign with the family member enough to understand what was going on inside the house,&rdquo; recalls Cst. Bowdige. &ldquo;Having a basic understanding of sign language will help patrol members to speak with those who are deaf or hard of hearing in a way they are more comfortable with.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This was EPS&rsquo;s first ASL course, and participants and organizers will evaluate its effectiveness to determine whether further training may be offered in the future.</p> 25 Nov 2016 21:59:00 UT EPS Wins Wolf Award EPS is the first law enforcement organization ever to be considered for this national award. <p><a href="~/media/541D1421739A405F902CCC36A4BF654E.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 302px; width: 200px; float: left; margin-right: 2px;" src="~/media/541D1421739A405F902CCC36A4BF654E.ashx?h=527&amp;w=350" /></a>On October 26, Chief Rod Knecht was proud to accept the Wolf Award for the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s work with Edmonton&rsquo;s Indigenous community. EPS is the first law enforcement organization ever to be considered for this national award.</p> <p>The Wolf Project is a grassroots Canadian initiative that was established to honour activities that serve to improve harmony between cultures. Winners are selected by a board of seven members located across Canada. EPS was recognized for the work of its <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=34A1731280764715A16809D2058086DC&amp;_z=z">Indigenous Relations Unit </a>and the Oskayak Police Academy, a two-week program for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who self-identify as Indigenous. </p> <p style="text-align: left;">&ldquo;We take great pride in the amount of support we have from our community,&rdquo; said Chief Rod Knecht. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s only because of our strong partnerships with community and government organizations that we&rsquo;re able to offer the kinds of programs that make our police service unique in Canada.&rdquo;</p> <p>The EPS is proud to work with Amiskwaciy Academy, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, M&eacute;tis Child and Family Services, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Catholic Schools, REACH Edmonton and Metro Continuing Education in running the Oskayak Police Academy.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/69013C15FC724E0499E1C86187CF730D.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img width="350" height="192" alt="" src="~/media/69013C15FC724E0499E1C86187CF730D.ashx?h=192&amp;w=350" width="350" height="192" /></a></p> 26 Oct 2016 15:29:00 UT Report Highlights Potential for Partnership and Engagement with Somali Community A report on the relationship between the police and the local Somali community was presented to the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) on October 20, 2016, and revealed some positive perceptions of police activities and an optimistic outlook for the future. <p>The findings of the report were generally quite affirmative for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and highlight a culture that emphasizes the importance of community policing and relationship building in diverse communities.&nbsp; </p> <p>While the study identified some areas of tension and improvements that could be made in service delivery, it also documented examples of successful community outreach, along with the desire for young Somali-Canadians and police officers to build better relationships.</p> <p>Surprisingly, police officers were identified as the least likely source of discrimination identified by&nbsp;the sample of young Somali Canadians.&nbsp; When asked about the most common sources of discrimination, school staff, co-workers, employers, and members of the general public were commonly identified much more often than were&nbsp;police officers.</p> <p>The one-year independent study that looked at the cities of Edmonton and Toronto was undertaken by Dr. Sandra Bucerius, Associate Professor for Sociology and Criminology at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Sara Thompson, Associate Professor for Criminology at Ryerson University. </p> <p>The report focused on:</p> <ul> <li>A qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews and surveys with Somali-Canadians and police officers.&nbsp; </li> <li>An examination of strategies that police and their relevant community partners deploy to communicate with and build relationships with the Somali community. </li> </ul> <p>The report found:</p> <ul> <li><b>Knowledge of the Somali community</b> &ndash; Across the EPS, members had a good general knowledge of the Somali community in Edmonton. </li> <li><b>General emphasis on policing</b> &ndash; The majority of EPS officers agreed that the police service had a very strong community engagement / policing orientation. </li> <li><b>General thoughts on building relationships with community members</b> &ndash; The majority of participants emphasized that cultivating strong and trusting relationships with community members is a prerequisite for good police work.&nbsp; More specifically, listening to and learning from community members and adapting policing strategies to their needs. </li> <li><b>The role of training</b> &ndash; All officers stressed the importance of training to understand community engagement and develop a community mindset to execute their duties. </li> <li><b>Relationship with the Somali community in Edmonton</b> &ndash; Most interviewed identified the investigation of the Papyrus Lounge homicide on January 1, 2011, as a turning point for how police engage with diverse communities.&nbsp; They acknowledge that there were deliberate efforts afterwards to improve the relationship.&nbsp; Although there are still tensions and misunderstandings that arise between the community and police, police officers are more culturally aware now than before. </li> <li><b>Approach to policing radicalization</b> &ndash; Two thirds of police members were aware of radicalization, and identified building strong relationships and behaviour change as primary tools for policing.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>The report&rsquo;s recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>More interactions and outreach with young people of Somali culture. </li> <li>Leveraging technology and knowledge to create cultural app tools for officers. </li> <li>More cultural-specific training days and takeaway messages for officers. </li> </ul> <p>While the study was done in 2015, some of the recommendations have already been implemented.&nbsp; </p> <p>The EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section currently provides bias awareness, effective communication, and cultural safety training to all police officers to help them better interact with the growing diversity of Edmonton&rsquo;s citizens and visitors. &nbsp;This training continues to evolve based on the needs of the community and police. </p> <p>The Section is also involved in numerous police / community partnerships, including ones to proactively identify risks and intervene prior to incidents occurring.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As well, the EPS continues to create opportunities to build understanding and trust with the local Somali community through: </p> <ul> <li>Operating a community-policing model and beat officers who are familiar with specific communities. </li> <li>Utilizing the EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section to educate officers and community members about each other. </li> <li>Assisting with the integration of newcomers and helping them understand the roles and responsibilities of police in Canada. </li> <li>Coordinating meetings between the Chief&rsquo;s Advisory Council and community and youth to share information and explore opportunities for partnerships. </li> <li>Offering police and youth engagement initiatives for ethnocultural youth to bring groups together to better understand each other. </li> <li>Assisting in mentoring students one-on-on and helping them feel safe through the School Resource Officer Program. </li> <li>Providing a Citizen Police Academy to involve residents in crime prevention. </li> <li>Scheduling recruiting sessions at community events for youth interested in becoming police officers. </li> <li>Participating in community festivals and sporting events. </li> </ul> <p>Overall, members of the EPC, EPS, and the Somali community are encouraged by the report&rsquo;s findings and supportive of the ongoing efforts to work together to foster a climate of mutual respect, safety and security.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;You build relationships with communities how you build relationships with any other person. &nbsp;You sit down, you talk, you listen to each other, you don&rsquo;t go to people and tell them what&rsquo;s best for them, you ask people what they need,&rdquo; says Dr. Sandra Bucerius.</p> <p>Chief Rod Knecht adds, &ldquo;There are challenges throughout the city, but I think we&rsquo;ve made some real strides with this community, and with many communities in Edmonton.&nbsp; We have a group of police officers that are interested and engaged and want to see it work, and we have a community who want to be engaged.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s very encouraging to see young people say &lsquo;we want to work more closely with the police,&rsquo; you could not ask for anything better than that.&rdquo; </p> <p><b><b><a href="~/media/8A960BDCAE274B7DA78F473A4725E576.ashx" target="_blank"><b>The Somali Experience in Alberta Report</b></a></b></b></p> <p><b><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DEBB7E007F8E470CA4E16B18448A0C57&amp;_z=z"><b>EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section</b></a></b><b></b></p> <b> <p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2C82705579684A309A05F0FE9392D700&amp;_z=z"><b>EPS Chief&rsquo;s Advisory Council</b></a></p> </b> 21 Oct 2016 20:55:00 UT EPS Wins International Human and Civil Rights Award On October 15 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in San Diego, the Edmonton Police Service was honoured to receive the IACP Human and Civil Rights Award for its Emerging Communities Framework. <p><a href="~/media/439E47CAD70648A29F0DE6520000C462.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img style="margin-bottom: 2px; height: 314px; width: 250px; float: left; margin-right: 4px;" alt="Chelsea Hawrelak, Natasha Goudar, Chief Rod Knecht, and Will Johnson, Chief of Police of Arlington, Texas, and Chair of the IACP awards selection committee." src="~/media/439E47CAD70648A29F0DE6520000C462.ashx" /></a>Last fall, as Syrian refugees began to arrive in Edmonton, the EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section developed a plan to reach out to this emerging community. Beginning in January 2016, Sgt. Gary Willits and Community Operations Coordinator Iman Saidi met with most government sponsored refugee families and some privately sponsored families that arrived in Edmonton. This initial engagement helped establish a relationship with the families and dispel fear and mistrust of police &ndash; an attitude that is common among those fleeing unstable political environments.</p> <p>&ldquo;Establishing police legitimacy in the community is what makes it possible for our members to do their job&rdquo; says Natasha Goudar, Manager of the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section. &ldquo;And the community gives us that legitimacy because we earn it. We can&rsquo;t demand it from them.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">With the full support of Chief Knecht, this Syrian refugee outreach plan was developed into an Emerging Communities Framework that will be applied across EPS to help build relationships with all new and emerging communities from all over the world. As part of the work of this Framework, the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Section has developed relationships with community partners who work closely with newcomer populations, coordinated staff training on the influences of PTSD in refugee families, assisted partner agencies with presentations and orientation classes for newcomers, worked with community partners to offer&nbsp; a Police Youth Engagement Program for young people from newcomer communities and helped with police investigations where a newcomer is directly or indirectly involved.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><em>Photo: Chelsea Hawrelak, Natasha Goudar and Chief Rod Knecht accept the International Association of Chiefs of Police Human and Civil Rights Award&nbsp;with Will Johnson, Chief of Police of Arlington, Texas, and Chair of the IACP awards selection committee.</em></p> 18 Oct 2016 15:23:00 UT