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 31 Jul 2015 09:18:38 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2015, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. 2015 First Quarter Report to the Community http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/Q1ReportToCommunity.aspx <p>Together, the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) have developed a plan to provide exemplary police services and enhance community safety. </p> <p>Each quarter we report on these measures to City Council and the community. This is the First Quarter Report for 2015.</p> <iframe width="525" height="172" src="//e.issuu.com/embed.html#1740903/13848586" frameborder="0"></iframe> 03 Jul 2015 18:35:00 UT Free the Fuzz 2015 raises $20,000 for Special Olympics http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/FreeTheFuzz2015.aspx Sixteen Special Olympics athletes helped raise over $20,000 at the 2015 Free the Fuzz event from June 19 through 21. <p><img alt="" style="margin-left: 1px; vertical-align: middle;" src="~/media/8BF2E09ADFE14165A241DF368C9F4B41.ashx" /></p> <p>Five law enforcement officers spent 53 hours on scaffolding attached to the Cabela&rsquo;s south side Edmonton store while athletes and other volunteers accepted donations to help &lsquo;free the fuzz.&rsquo; </p> <p>Jenny Murray has been an athlete with Special Olympics for four years, winning four gold medals in snowshoeing at the provincial level in 2014. Representing Alberta at the National Winter Games in 2016 in the snowshoeing event, Jenny plans to train six days a week this year.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;The support from the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Free the Fuzz, and dedicated volunteers have helped make it possible for me to compete as an athlete with Special Olympics,&rdquo; said Jenny Murray.</p> <p>Representing Canada in July at the Summer World Special Olympics in Los Angeles in swimming, April Lam&mdash;another Free the Fuzz volunteer&mdash;knows first-hand how critical fundraising is to her success.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t be where I am without the hard work of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Their activities raise awareness and money for Special Olympic athletes like me,&rdquo; said Lam. &ldquo;I hope to win a lot of medals and make Canada proud.&rdquo; </p> The Free the Fuzz event falls under the umbrella of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The torch run is part of an international movement, the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics. 29 Jun 2015 21:03:00 UT This is Who We Are - Police Information Check Section http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_PICS.aspx A police information check is the most effective risk mitigation tool available to any employer, volunteer organization or post-secondary institution. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hiqXVa24DjI" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>It provides the information required to make an informed decision regarding an individual&rsquo;s suitability for either an employment or volunteer position.</p> <p>Ensuring all employees obtain a police information check prior to commencing employment is an effective means in which to ensure that you are providing a safe and secure workplace for all your employees. A police information check will also alert you to any situations where an individual may not be suitable for a position in your organization. This is information critical in the screening process of any new employee.</p> <p>A Vulnerable Sector Check is required if you will be responsible for the well-being of children under the age of 18, the elderly or the disabled. A vulnerable sector search is designed to protect vulnerable people from dangerous offenders. </p> <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/pics" target="_blank">Visit the EPS website for more information and for an application.</a> 23 Jun 2015 20:30:00 UT Line of Duty Death - Update http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/LineofDutyDeathUpdate.aspx An Edmonton Police Service officer was shot and killed on June 8, 2015 following an incident in southwest Edmonton. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qaqTp_8RjG0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Chief Rod Knecht and Mayor Don Iveson provide an update on the June 8, 2015 Line of Duty Death. </p> <p>To see&nbsp;the&nbsp;first news conference, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=33AFA2A40A1741C9886F3D543CBFD563&amp;_z=z">click here</a>. &nbsp;</p> 09 Jun 2015 18:22:00 UT June 8, 2015 Line of Duty Death http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/LineofDutyDeath.aspx An Edmonton Police Service officer was shot and killed this evening and a second officer has been treated and released from hospital, following an incident in southwest Edmonton. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uAdlW0wAeh8" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Chief Rod Knecht speaks about the tragic events that occurred on June 8, 2015 during a news conference at Police Headquarters. Please see our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CDF560D9C24D446DB695246C4ED44632&amp;_z=z">media release for more details</a>.</p> 09 Jun 2015 07:02:00 UT 2015 Bike Safety Festival http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2015BikeSafetyFestival.aspx This year the Bike Safety Festival was held on May 30, 2015 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Bike Safety Festival is now fortunate to have established partnerships with organizations such as; AMA, Northlands, Alberta Transportation, Optimists club, Sport Central and the Brain Care Society.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The 2015 Bike Safety Festival had three very clear goals:</p> <ol> <li> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Create positive interactions between front-line police officers and at-risk youth</div> </li> <li> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Ensure that every child has the knowledge and skills to stay safe on their bicycles</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Empower the children with the freedom of owning a bike and discovering the mobility we too often take for granted. <img alt="" style="margin: 4px 0px 2px 2px; width: 350px; float: right; height: 336px;" src="~/media/BBFDE5527C324FCF8997B5AEBBD4F1F5.ashx" /></p> </li> </ol> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This year, we were expecting 90 children. They had a great time from their arrival and meeting barney the Bear to having a demo from Cst. Garth and Mitchler from the&nbsp;Canine Unit. The Bike Rodeo portion was once again well received with new obstacles for them to complete and they were all able to &ldquo;challenge&rdquo; police officers to the obstacle courses. We even had at least 6 children learn how to ride a bike! They all left very happy and all the organizations involved felt the satisfaction of helping make a memorable day for these kids.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Bike Safety Festival is a yearly Edmonton Police Service Community initiative that began in 2010. This festival was originally initiated by Cst. Gogerla and Cst. Dvorak, who at the time were working on the Beats team in Beverly. The two constables identified a need for a positive relationship between at-risk children and police. While working, they observed many unsafe bicycle practices that children displayed in their neighbourhood. These unsafe practices included not wearing helmets, riding onto the street without looking for cars, not using bells, etc. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Annually, 100 children from the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton are invited to Northlands Expo Centre for a day of fun while learning about bike safety. Typically, these children come from high-risk neighbourhoods. Each child who attends the event receives a free bike helmet, lock, and bell. Additionally, each child identified prior to the event as not having their own bicycle, is provided with one to keep, free of charge, courtesy of Sport Central. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Bike Safety Festival is an important EPS event, as relationships between police and the children should be on-going. The children need to know that we are always here to help them and will always strive to build on those relationships. </p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We have had great numbers year after year and have had some children attend for multiple years, as they look forward to this day," says&nbsp;Cst. Patricia Dvorak.&nbsp;"The children who are older and return are used as &lsquo;leaders&rsquo; in their group and some will be shown basic bike maintenance so they can help children in their own clubs who need a tire changed or minor repairs throughout the riding season.&rdquo; </p> <p>With the fantastic support from all of the partners of this community event, we all look forward to next year's Bike Safety Festival!</p> <p>*<em>Thank you to AMA for their photos of the event!</em></p> 02 Jun 2015 16:47:00 UT Edmonton Police and Fire Cadets Host Challenge Event http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetChallenge.aspx Police and fire cadets from Edmonton and Calgary participated in the first of its kind Police & Fire Cadet Challenge Games on May 8th, 9th and 10th at Birch Bay Ranch near South Cooking Lake. <p>The four cadet groups spent the weekend testing their physical limits in a variety of competitive activities.&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 350px; float: right; height: 233px;" src="~/media/0943CF7873FB450F81EC85049B03FAF5.ashx" /></p> <p>A plane crash scenario demanded keen communication skills and team work to extract five injured victims from the woods.&nbsp; A homicide scenario demanded crime scene control and investigative skills to solve the crime. Rappelling, zip lining, climbing walls and carrying buckets of water over balance beams challenged cadets to move from comfort zones.&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d say we achieved our goals, which were to enhance leadership and teamwork skills,&rdquo; said Cst. Shannon Tenney, Edmonton Police Service Cadet Coordinator. &ldquo;Camaraderie among cadets was high, and I&rsquo;m sure they&rsquo;ll want to do this again next year.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Edmonton Police Service cadets won the marksmanship competition and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services won the obstacle course competition overall. Organizers hope to hold the event again next year, perhaps inviting other cadet groups in the province to take part. <img alt="" style="margin-top: 3px;" src="~/media/AAA61C38D565444C86D4B49521B7D894.ashx" /></p> 20 May 2015 14:13:00 UT Edmonton Police Service's New Mobile Responsive Website http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/NewWebsite.aspx On Thursday, May 14, 2015 the Edmonton Police Service will be updating our public website to a new mobile responsive design <p>This new look will allow the public to access our website from any platform with ease.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to initiate this new design, the public website will be down for about 20 minutes on Thursday somewhere between 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. If you try to view our website, you will be directed to a "Temporarily Unavailable" screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>We ask for your patience as we bring a better way to serve the city with this update.&nbsp;</p> 14 May 2015 13:31:00 UT This Is Who We Are - Public Safety Compliance Team http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_PSCT.aspx The Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) is the regulatory and enforcement arm of the City of Edmonton’s Responsible Hospitality Edmonton initiative that promotes education, prevention and is enforcement-based. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oDyIqiex1HE" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>PSCT is a multi-agency team designed to coordinate the efforts of the municipal and provincial agencies involved in the licencing, regulation, and enforcement of licenced business establishments and after-hours clubs and events.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Team is comprised of the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, City of Edmonton Community Standards Branch and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Some of the responsibilities of the PSCT include licenced hospitality and entertainment establishments, venues, events and after-hours clubs, and events throughout the city. The team&rsquo;s work also includes vibrancy, quality of life, venue and public safety, late night transportation, patron responsibility, and community policing.</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href="http://www.responsiblehospitalityedmonton.ca/public-safety-compliance-team-psct/" target="_blank">Public Safety Compliance Team</a>.</p> 12 May 2015 17:12:00 UT EPS Cadets - It's not just about policing http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetsMoreThanPolicing.aspx The Edmonton Police Service Cadet program is open to all youth ages 13 – 20 who are looking for a new hobby, new friends, and new adventures. If you have an interest in a future policing career, well, that’s just an added bonus. <p><img alt="" style="width: 400px; float: left; height: 266px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/B2EE10169FED441CA52B9C67587040DE.ashx" />The EPS Cadet program provides youth with much more than police-related knowledge. Our program has positively changed each youth, and we can tell you all about it, or we can have a current Cadet tell you herself. </p> <p>&ldquo;Being an Edmonton Police Cadet to me has always meant being part of a team of like-minded individuals with various backgrounds all striving towards their individual goals. It means that you are ready and willing to push yourself to always go a bit farther to reach the next level, and to encourage others to do the same.</p> <p>I enjoy the program mainly because of what it has done for me over the past two-and-a-half years. I have seen many positive changes in myself over this time period, and I hope to continue along this path. One of the greatest things I have experienced during this time is all the awesome people that I have met that probably would not be in my life if I had never joined the program. It is great to be around people who are in my age group and have similar interests. These young adults are smart, creative, and love to have fun but also know when to be dedicated and take things seriously.</p> <p>Cadets triggered many positive changes in me that I believe will help me in the future. Not just in eventually becoming part of EPS, but in anything I choose to do with my life. Being a cadet has taught me a great deal of discipline, dedication, and leadership skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Want your child to try something new and exciting? Why not try the Edmonton Police Service Cadet program? Cadets meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 9:00 p.m. in Edmonton&rsquo;s Griesbach area. The program runs during the school year, beginning the first week of September until the first week of June. </p> <p>For more information, see our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=192D9202F3AF45D5B2743D91C1FA83BD&amp;_z=z">Police Cadets webpage</a>, <a href="~/media/42BC73329EA740D6A5BE9C6B3EF0F2CA.ashx" target="_blank">download the application</a>, or <a href="mailto:cadets@edmontonpolice.ca">email the program</a>! </p> 04 May 2015 20:32:00 UT