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 21 Aug 2014 02:21:51 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2014, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. 2014 First Quarter Report to the Community http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2014EPCQ1ReporttoCommunity.aspx 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>Each quarter we report on these measures to City Council and the community. </p> <a href="~/media/9B0A195CFB6943C187BCBF551A56ABF0.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect">View the First Quarter Report to the Community for 2014</a> 02 May 2014 15:00:00 UT Calder Community Station closure http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CalderStationRenovationClosure.aspx The Calder Community Station, located at 12540-132 Ave., will be <b> closed for renovations from Thursday, Aug. 14 to Wednesday, Aug. 20. </b> <p>Citizens can use other stations in <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/EPSPoliceStations/NortheastDivision.aspx">Northeast Division</a> or <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/EPSPoliceStations.aspx">across the City</a>. </p> <p>The Edmonton Police Service also offers <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/OnlineCrimeReporting.aspx">online crime reporting</a> as a convenient reporting option. </p> <p>Thank you for your patience. </p> 12 Aug 2014 21:09:00 UT This is Who I Am - Constable Mike Elliot http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TWIAMikeElliot.aspx In this week's 'This is Who I Am' video, we check in with Constable Mike Elliot of Southwest Division. <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fLS3RhndyQU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">To the residents of Loon Bay, Newfoundland, Mike Elliott <i>is</i> Santa Claus.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Mike was still in high school when he was asked to dress up as Santa for the annual Christmas Parade.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I rode on the back of a fire truck from one side of town to the other,&rdquo; he recalls.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">He handed out gifts to the kids, and delivered fruit baskets to the elderly.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">For 12 years, no matter where he was &ndash; at university, or serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force &ndash; Mike would return to Loon Bay to play Santa.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;Growing up in Loon Bay taught me the value of helping others, of helping others and the community.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Mike passed on the responsibility of being Santa when he moved across the country to Edmonton, and joined the Edmonton Police Service.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;People often ask when I am coming back.&nbsp; They say &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; hasn&rsquo;t been the same since I left.&nbsp; I really took it to heart.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">After graduating from Recruit Training Class #105, Mike spent four years as a constable in Downtown Division, the Service&rsquo;s busiest and roughest district. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I lived downtown, and I worked downtown,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp; &ldquo;I was always dealing with people who had criminal records.&nbsp; It got to the point that I started to look at everyone as if they were criminals.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Mike&rsquo;s sergeant took him aside one day and told him &ldquo;it was time for a change.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Mike transferred to Southwest Division.&nbsp; He now found he had more time to investigate calls, to interact with community members, and find solutions to their problems.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;Working in Southwest taught me empathy.&nbsp; Now, I always try to put myself in the other person&rsquo;s shoes.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">One of his proudest accomplishments was closing down a notorious motel that racked up more than 600 calls for service in a five month period.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was ridiculous,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was tearing the community apart.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Mike worked with partner agencies, including Capital Health and the City of Edmonton, to shut the motel down after the owners refused to cooperate with police.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;Calls for service in the area have fallen dramatically,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Recently promoted to the rank of detective, Mike still finds time to volunteer as a director with the Edmonton Police Association, and to act as the secretary for the Alberta Federation of Police Associations.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Loon Bay is a long way from Edmonton, but the lessons Mike learned growing up there continue to resonate in his policing career:&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&ldquo;I always ask myself, how would I handle things if I were back home?&nbsp; Would I be apathetic and irritated?&nbsp; Or would I be understanding and tolerant?&rdquo;&nbsp; </p> <p><hr /> <br /> More&nbsp;about the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">'This is Who I Am' series</a>.</p> 05 Aug 2014 20:02:00 UT Celebrating National Aboriginal Day http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/NationalAboriginalDay2014.aspx June 21, 2014 is National Aboriginal Day and the Edmonton Police Service continues to work with the Aboriginal community to build greater trust and understanding. <p><iframe width="500" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_txr0TBWvh0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>EPS is&nbsp;participating in community events, seeking guidance from the community itself and learning about&nbsp;Aboriginal culture in&nbsp;to help&nbsp;build mutual trust and stronger relationships. By staying active in the community EPS hopes that these relationships can continue to grow.</p> <p>For more information on&nbsp;how the&nbsp;EPS is connecting&nbsp;with Aboriginal community, please visit the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=34A1731280764715A16809D2058086DC&amp;_z=z" shape="rect">Aboriginal Relations Unit</a> page.</p> 20 Jun 2014 18:15:00 UT 2014 UDodge Tournament http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2014%20UDodgeTournament.aspx This past April marked the success of the fifth annual UDodge tournament! <iframe width="500" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nHr4Z1JsrLA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>The dodge ball tournament was created in partnership with the Edmonton Police Service and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. The goal is to bring youth, corporate community members and Edmonton police officers together to have fun while mentoring and learning from one another. </p> <p>And they did just that!</p> 13 Jun 2014 20:42:00 UT EPS Cadet Corps Awards http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetAwards2014.aspx Last week Edmonton Police Service Cadets received awards in recognition of their commitment and service over the past year. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; margin-bottom: 3px; float: left; height: 166px; margin-right: 3px;" src="~/media/DDBEEBE06AC947C2BBD0863887120F59.ashx" />&ldquo;Our year-end celebration is the culmination of a year&rsquo;s worth of foot drill, fitness, presentations, volunteering, team-building, and leadership,&rdquo; says Const. Shannon Tenney, EPS Cadet Corps Coordinator. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Service awards were presented to each cadet, and a select few received special awards for exceptional volunteerism, service, enthusiasm and dedication, and leadership. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Thirty-six cadets successfully completed the year&mdash;a number the EPS hopes will continue to grow. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">&nbsp;&ldquo;Cadets expose young people to what policing is all about while providing an opportunity to develop skills to carry with you throughout life,&rdquo; says Tenney. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great stepping stone to a career in law enforcement and a great foundation for leadership development in all aspects of a young person&rsquo;s life.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The Edmonton Police Service Cadet program is open to youth ages 13 &ndash; 20 who have an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement and who want to make a difference in their community today.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The program follows the school year and finishes the first week of June. Sign up is currently closed, but they can apply throughout the year starting in January 2015. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Visit <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/cadets" shape="rect">edmontonpolice.ca/cadets</a>&nbsp; for more information on the program. </p> 12 Jun 2014 18:31:00 UT EPS & Pride Week http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/PrideWeek2014.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is proud to encourage EPS member participation in the annual Edmonton Pride Festival (June 6 - 15, 2014), celebrating and strengthening our relationships with the diverse communities that we protect and serve. <p>With over 30,000 participants taking part in the week-long activities, the festival enables us to encourage and support the gay community and the growing diversity within our city. </p> <p>Gay pride celebrations began in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City. At the time, bars were one of the only places gays and lesbians could gather together in public. The laws reflected the social stigma and intolerance surrounding the gay lifestyle, so it was common for these bars to be raided by police. On June 27, the gay community protested against the raids at the Stonewall Inn. Word quickly spread about the &ldquo;Stonewall Riots,&rdquo; and since then, the month of June has had special significance in the gay community as a time to feel pride and call for human rights. </p> <p>The Pride Festival aligns with the EPS&rsquo; values of equity, diversity and human rights within our community. The <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/AboutEPS/CommunityInitiatives/ChiefsCAC/SMLC.aspx" shape="rect">EPS Sexual Minorities Liaison Committee </a>also works to promote inclusion and support, as well as the safety and security of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, and queer community.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a complete listing of activities as well as additional information, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edmontonpride.ca" shape="rect">www.edmontonpride.ca</a> </p> 06 Jun 2014 17:38:00 UT 2014 Citizen Satisfaction Survey http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2014CitizenSatisfactionSurvey.aspx The mission of the EPS is to work in partnership with our citizens to build safe communities through leadership and policing excellence. <p>The EPS solicits residents&rsquo; comments through a Citizen Satisfaction Survey every couple of years. </p> <p>The 2014 survey, conducted between Jan. 13 and 31, included questions to identify key community issues, concerns, perceptions and priorities that Edmontonians have in respect to crime, disorder and neighbourhood safety. The survey also provided citizens with an opportunity to tell the EPS how they think the organization is doing. </p> <p>Over 1,300 Edmontonians aged 18 and older participated. Overall, the results of the survey are positive with 93% of citizens having confidence in the EPS. </p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="~/media/2F9A0FD0554942109A1D8162BB28411E.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect">Read the full report.</a></p> 23 May 2014 20:13:00 UT May 11-17 is Crime Prevention Week! http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CrimePreventionWeek.aspx Crime Prevention Week (May 11 – 17, 2014) comes but once a year, but, the EPS embraces the crime prevention philosophy year-round. <p>&ldquo;<a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/crimeprevention." target="_blank" shape="rect">Crime prevention</a> is all about being aware of our surroundings, and taking small steps to ensure our safety, and the safety of our families,&rdquo; says Sgt. Daryl Mahoney.</p> <p>Mahoney and his team are spearheading EPS Crime Prevention Week activities.</p> <p>&ldquo;We take crime prevention seriously, and we&rsquo;ve planned activities that will help people to learn some safety tips on various subjects,&rdquo; notes Mahoney.</p> <p><b>Crime Prevention Week Activities</b></p> <p>On Sunday, May 11, Mahoney will appear on the Global Morning Show to talk about general Safety and what people should be considering with the season finally changing, securing your backyard, landscaping, and summer holiday considerations. </p> <p>Mahoney will also promote about a week-long bike safety tip contest the EPS will be hosting. Children can enter to win a bicycle helmet.</p> <a href="~/media/DA467379900840C08893472242249CF5.ashx" shape="rect"><strong>Safety for Seniors</strong></a> <p>On Wednesday, May 14, EPS will host a safety presentation for seniors at Queen Alexandra Lodge (10825 &ndash; 77 Avenue, from 2:00 p.m. &ndash; 4:00 p.m.</p> <p>This course is so popular that it&rsquo;s already full.</p> <p>&ldquo;Keep checking edmontonpolice.ca, we&rsquo;ll let everyone know when the next course is running,&rdquo; advises Mahoney.</p> <p><b>EPS Hard Target Personal Safety Training Course</b></p> <p>On Thursday, May 15, the Collaborative Policing Unit will host a free full-day "Hard Target" course. This course is designed to educate men and women on how to protect themselves in various crime-related situations. The course blends crime prevention and&nbsp;<a href="~/media/1AB5B4238D49432BA304AA04F6E5A222.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect">personal safety tips</a> with basic self-defence techniques.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each time we run this course, it fills up quickly, but we will be running more courses in the future. We&rsquo;ll post upcoming dates here on edmontonpolice.ca,&rdquo; notes Mahoney.</p> <p><b>Alarms</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/HomePropertySafety/HomeAlarms.aspx" target="_blank" shape="rect">Click</a>&nbsp;here to check out some useful new tips on alarms.</p> 12 May 2014 17:58:00 UT 2013 Annual Policing Plan Report Card http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2013PoliceReportCard.aspx On behalf of the Edmonton Police Commission and the Edmonton Police Service, we are proud to present the 2013 Annual Policing Plan Report Card. <p>This document outlines how we performed on the goals and initiatives set for 2013, and highlights our plans for 2014.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/070FF9A34D8743BBAE8D9D22E693979F.ashx" target="_blank" shape="rect"> <h2 style="text-align: center;">View Report Card</h2> </a></h2> </h2> </h2> 01 May 2014 20:15:00 UT