Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 19 Jan 2019 02:13:52 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Police Service in Newly Annexed Areas EPS is now responsible for policing the newly annexed areas south of the city previously under the jurisdiction of the RCMP. <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 402px; height: 310px;" src="-/media/40FD9184B6334757929E077780E14E61.ashx?h=310&amp;w=402" /><span> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS is now responsible for policing the newly annexed areas south of the city previously under the jurisdiction of the RCMP.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Additional resources have been allocated to ensure a smooth transition of police services, and to provide the same standard of service and response all Edmontonians receive.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Emergency 911 calls within these areas go directly to Edmonton&rsquo;s Public Safety Answering Point (call centre) for the dispatch of police, fire, or medical services.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Citizens should call 911 to report a crime in progress or to report an impaired driver, and non-emergency calls for police assistance can be made by calling 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile device.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>To help keep the public safe, officers are proactively patrolling the region, targeting criminal activity, conducting traffic enforcement, and participating in community initiatives.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Community Crime Teams have been assigned, and residents in the area can connect directly with their respective police division about concerns with crime.&nbsp; Individuals can also connect with EPS using its mobile app, social media, or Report a Crime Online.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Rural Crime Watch program continues to operate in the region, and residents and businesses are encouraged to learn more about EPS programs such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to improve the safety and security of their properties as well. </span></p> <p> <span>If you have specific questions about policing in the area, please contact EPS Southeast Division (east of Highway 2) or Southwest Division (west of Highway 2).</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Area Police Stations</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=93BB3AA29BAF4074B76ECF01842A74C2&amp;_z=z">Southeast Division Station </a></span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>#104, Youville Drive East (Mill Woods)</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>780-426-8200</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E4FBE2C8546E43538918A10D94836E0E&amp;_z=z">Southwest Division Station</a></span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>1351 Windermere Way (Terwillegar)</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #222222;">780-426-8300</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Hours of Operation</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Monday &ndash; Saturday, 8 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Sunday, 10 a.m. &ndash; 6 p.m.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span> </span></strong><span>EPS stations are closed on statutory holidays</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Reminders for Area Residents and Businesses </span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Address Signage</span></strong><span> &ndash; Address numbers of buildings and land must be clearly displayed so that emergency responders can quickly locate the property.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Security Alarm Response</span></strong><span> &ndash; Alarms need to be verified by monitoring companies prior to police response, unless there are extenuating circumstances. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>ATV / Snowmobile / Trail Motorbike Use</span></strong><span> &ndash; These vehicles are prohibited from city roads and can only be used on private property.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span> Firearms Use</span></strong><span> &ndash; Possessing a loaded weapon and firing a weapon within city limits is illegal, unless at an approved shooting range.&nbsp;The Canadian Firearms Act provides guidelines for gun ownership, storage, transportation and use. </span></p> 31 Dec 2018 15:46:43 UT Edmonton Police Commission announces new Chief of Police On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Edmonton Police Commission announced the Edmonton Police Service's 23rd Chief of Police, Dale McFee. <div class="”flex-video”"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Edmonton Police Commission announced the Edmonton Police Service's 23rd Chief of Police, Dale McFee. McFee participated in a media availability at 9:45 a.m. to introduce himself to the Service, the media, and our citizens. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Please join us as we welcome Dale McFee to the city and to the Edmonton Police Service.</p> 07 Nov 2018 18:56:08 UT This Is Who We Are - Hate Crimes Unit In the next installment of This Is Who We Are, the Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit is mandated to conduct investigations on persons or groups involved in extremist ideologies and/or hatred that leads to criminality. Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit (HCVEU) is mandated to monitor, target, and conduct investigations into persons or groups involved in extremist ideologies and or hatred that lead to criminality. HCVEU provides internal and external consultation on issues involving hatred and extremism. 02 Oct 2018 17:15:59 UT Canine Unit fetches national Top Dog award The Edmonton Police Service’s Canine Unit was in Vancouver last week for the 2018 Canadian Police Canine Association (CPCA) Trials. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">More than 35 Canadian teams including both general duty and specialized detection dogs faced various challenges to test their skills including scenarios around tracking, criminal apprehension, agility and obedience.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">CPCA events took place across the greater Vancouver area from North Vancouver to New Westminster. A public event was hosted in Stanley Park to test the agility, obedience, and arrest demonstrations of our four-legged protectors. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Commitment, focus, dedication, and pride – this strong relationship between the handlers and PSDs is nothing short of amazing teamwork.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>For the fourth consecutive year, a member from our Canine Unit has claimed the Top Dog award – Constable Kelly Lang and PSD Fozzy!</strong> Three of our four teams placed in the Top 5 overall.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>Cst. Brian Parker &amp; PSD Larry<br> </strong>#1 Agility</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>Cst. Scott Mitchler &amp; PSD Jack<br> </strong>#3 Building Search<br> #5 Obedience<br> #5 Tracking<br> #4 Overall</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>Cst. Wade Eastman &amp; PSD Evan<br> </strong>#2 Building Search <br> #5 Evidence Search<br> #5 Agility<br> #3 Obedience<br> #5 Criminal Apprehension <br> #5 Overall</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><strong>Cst. Kelly Lang &amp; PSD Fozzy</strong><br> #1 Compound Search <br> #3 Agility <br> #4 Tracking<br> #1 Criminal Apprehension<br> <strong>#1 Overall<br></strong></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">You can learn more about the Edmonton Police Service's Canine Unit <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=99178B2CE6484BAEA6EA9D3A4BCF8AD0&amp;_z=z">here</a>.</p> <br> 19 Sep 2018 14:00:45 UT Sgt. Mark Bloxham Returns from International Policing Mission Every year on August 9th, we honour and remember all Canadian peacekeepers on National Peacekeepers’ Day. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span><hr /> In the waning hours of July 1, 2017, Sgt. Mark Bloxham arrived in Jerusalem and celebrated what was left of Canada Day in the Middle East. Surrounded by fellow Canadians taking part in Operation PROTEUS, it would be a year to the day that he would make his return home.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>Operation PROTEUS, Canada&rsquo;s contribution to the Office of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC), is a critical part of Canadian effort in the Middle East peace process. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) serve the USSC team to assist the Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF) build their capacity in training, logistics, and professionalism.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span><a href="~/media/6B6E49F8901745C7808FD02FA16C7DF9.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 267px; height: 400px; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; float: left;" src="~/media/6B6E49F8901745C7808FD02FA16C7DF9.ashx?h=400&amp;w=267" /></a>Sgt. Bloxham, holding both 25 years with the EPS and previous international policing experience, was selected by RCMP International Deployment Services to serve as a diplomatic attach&eacute; in an advisor and mentor capacity with Task Force Jerusalem. Within a week of receiving acceptance he was transported to Ottawa to meet mission partners, receive his kit, and undergo various administrative and security clearances. After 10 days of training and briefing with the CAF, Sgt. Bloxham was en route to his new home and a much more torrid climate.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>Assigned to Rotation 18, CAF, Operation PROTEUS, Sgt. Bloxham was stationed in the occupied West Bank of Jericho, Palestine and worked out of the Palestinian Officer&rsquo;s Academy (POA). His primary objectives were to assist in the professionalization of the PASF, specifically the leadership and tactics of the POA, while participating in the design and delivery of the Junior Officer Leadership Course. Collaborating with a multinational team and directly partnering with a British Army Captain, Sgt. Bloxham delivered leadership training and mentorship to 100 young officers between September 2017 and May 2018. Despite some intercultural challenges, the course was considered an incredible success and Sgt. Bloxham was exalted for his efforts.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>&ldquo;In a very short time he has gained the respect and trust, not only from his Dutch, British, Canadian, Italian, and American colleagues, but &ndash; more importantly &ndash; from the Palestinians,&rdquo; wrote Lt. Col. Rense de Vries of the Dutch Army. &ldquo;As such and in combination with his professional reputation, he is greatly respected and naturally considered an integral part of the POA.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>On May 13, 2018, 52 officers graduated from the second POA class and Sgt. Bloxham and his partners were awarded for their immeasurable services. When asked of the biggest takeaway from his mission, Sgt. Bloxham referred to the collaboration between him, his colleagues, and the PASF.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>&ldquo;I formed outstanding friendships with my international team and the members of the PASF, and they won&rsquo;t be forgotten any time soon,&rdquo; reflects Sgt. Bloxham. &ldquo;Most assignments are coordinated through the United Nations, so it was an absolute honour and privilege to serve the Canadian Armed Forces, alongside other organizations, in such a unique opportunity. I had been working towards an international policing mission like this for the entirety of my career and the experience was life-changing.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span><hr /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>This year marks 29 years of Canadian police contributions to international peace operations. EPS has supported the United Nations&rsquo; overall mission of maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, and promoting sustainable development. Since 1989, more than 3,800 Canadian police officers have been a part of over 66 missions around the globe in collaboration with the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, European Union, and Canadian Armed Forces. In addition to those Canadian police officers, more than 125,000 Canadian peacekeepers have participated in dozens of international efforts over the past six decades.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>Canadian police officers contribute to the development of the local policing agencies which in turn benefits the countries they serve.&nbsp; The deployed officers return to Canada with a broader understanding of other cultures and world issues, coupled with increased professional skills and abilities that they bring to their workplace and communities.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span>EPS members have served on peace keeping missions in Ukraine, Haiti, Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and Palestine between 2000 and 2018.</span></p> 09 Aug 2018 13:45:22 UT This is Who We Are - STAT Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team (STAT) began in 2012 as part of the Edmonton Police Service’s Violence Reduction Strategy. <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div> The goal of STAT is to reduce violence through traffic enforcement-based criminal interdiction activities. A STAT team will stop vehicles for traffic violations such as speeding, distracted driving, or impaired driving but will look for and act on any other criminal activity to keep our streets safe. <br /> <br /> In 2017 alone, STAT laid over 2000 criminal charges, seized 3877 grams of marijuana, 5902 grams of cocaine, 745 grams of methamphetamine, 4638 fentanyl tablets and various other drugs. They also seized 12 firearms and recovered 105 stolen vehicles. <br /> <br /> You can learn more about the Edmonton Police Service by watching more This is Who We Are videos <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">here</a>. 26 Jun 2018 15:06:53 UT EPS Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy As we celebrate the Indigenous communities in our city for National Indigenous Peoples Day, we also officially release the Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy (2018) to our Service and the public. <p>The Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy is the foundation for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) to build positive community partnerships based upon mutual respect, open communication, understanding, and trust with the Indigenous community that we serve.</p> <p>The Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy is intended to guide the work of the EPS through five goals:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Develop strategic community partnerships </li> <li>Increase education and cultural awareness of the membership, </li> <li>Increase recruiting from within the Indigenous community, </li> <li>Develop Indigenous engagement best practices and procedures in policing</li> <li>Keep informed on issues affecting the Indigenous community. </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The EPS worked in consultation with the Indigenous community through our Indigenous Community Liaison Committee (ICLC) to develop this strategy and its corresponding five goals with an accurate reflection of the needs of the Indigenous community. The goals encompass the needs of both the police and the community it serves.</p> <p>We encourage you to read the full strategy here:</p> <iframe src="//" frameborder="0" style="width: 500px; height: 259px;"></iframe> 21 Jun 2018 17:27:55 UT Janaya's Journey with EPS The Edmonton Police Service proudly welcomed its newest honourary member, Janaya Chekowski-Mckenzie, into RTC 142 last Friday as part of an initiative to provide as many outstanding experiences as possible for the young girl. <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/C02F4F75B5874446B8A72F0CC9EF5355.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 204px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/C02F4F75B5874446B8A72F0CC9EF5355.ashx?h=204&amp;&amp;w=400" /></a><br /> <em>Edmonton's RTC 142</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service proudly welcomed its newest honourary member, Janaya Chekowski-Mckenzie, into Recruit Training Class 142 on Friday, May 11<sup>th</sup>, 2018. Janaya accompanied her fellow class members and received her badge after a previous day full of tours, drills, and excitement with Southeast Division, William Griesbach Training Centre, and Canine/Flight Operations.</span></p> <p><span>Janaya, eight years old, was born with a rare condition called Panhypopituitarism &ndash; severely affecting her growth. The disorder then caused optic nerve hypoplasia, resulting in legal blindness while she was just an infant.</span></p> <p><span>Despite the odds and without medical explanation, Janaya miraculously regained her vision as she grew older. However, in a devastating turn of events, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in February of this year and given a prognosis of less than twelve months. The Edmontonian community has since rallied around Janaya as she receives radiation treatments to improve her health and extend her time with family. </span></p> <p><span>Janaya&rsquo;s Journey, an initiative to provide as many outstanding experiences as possible for the young girl, was brought to EPS&rsquo; attention by Staff Sergeant Bill Clark.</span></p> <p><span>On Thursday, May 10<sup>th</sup>, Janaya was warmly welcomed to SE Division by Constable Amanda Johnson. After introductions and a brief tour, Janaya and Cst. Johnson travelled with their squad to William Griesbach Training Centre to join in on training activities with the recruits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/E05F1C11104E44F58BC23609F5C6216B.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 291px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/E05F1C11104E44F58BC23609F5C6216B.ashx?h=291&amp;&amp;w=250" /></a><br /> <em>Constable Amanda Johnson and Janaya</em></span></p> <p><span>The morning was filled with laughter and excitement and then it was off to the kennels in the afternoon. Although Janaya loved every moment with the Police Service Dogs, she especially seemed to enjoy watching PSD Fallon taking a bite out of a &ldquo;bad guy&rdquo; on the run. The day concluded with a tour and demo of Flight Operations &ndash; undoubtedly proving to be a highlight. A brief surveillance of the city in Air 2 led to Janaya&rsquo;s honourable induction into the K-9 Unit once Thursday came to a close. Constable Bryan Langevin, Janaya&rsquo;s training officer at the kennels, presented the K-9 Unit patch.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/B46DE4A56DAB4BF8A6635F0FCB4A8E8F.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" width="300" height="453" style="width: 300px; height: 453px;" src="~/media/B46DE4A56DAB4BF8A6635F0FCB4A8E8F.ashx?h=453&amp;&amp;w=300" /></a><br /> <em>Janaya receives her badge from Chief Knecht</em></p> <p><span>On Friday morning, Janaya arrived at William Griesbach Training Centre to attend RTC 142&rsquo;s badge ceremony led by Chief Rod Knecht and Sergeant Michael Hickey. Celebrated as an honourary member of the class, Janaya was gifted an acrylic EPS badge to not only symbolize her EPS experience, but to honour her strength and courage during her treatment and battle. A class photo was taken before her return to SE Division for both an extensive tour of the building and heartfelt goodbyes from her squad. Janaya&rsquo;s mother, Amanda Crow, asserted this was the happiest she has seen her daughter since before February&rsquo;s diagnosis.</span></p> 15 May 2018 17:32:18 UT Police vs. Fire Charity Hockey Game – Sunday, March 11, 2018 Support Edmonton's emergency services at the ultimate face off on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/F2E451924F444E8CBCD7D5B9BE12B6B2.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 389px; margin-right: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 0px; float: left;" src="~/media/F2E451924F444E8CBCD7D5B9BE12B6B2.ashx?h=389&amp;w=300" /></a>The first ever Police vs. Fire hockey charity game will be held at Rogers Place on Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 pm. </span></p> <br /> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>All tickets cost $23, with $5 from every ticket going towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Your $23 ticket also gets you into the 4 p.m. WHL Kootenay Ice vs. Edmonton Oil Kings hockey game that follows the Edmonton Police Association vs. Edmonton Fire Fighters&rsquo; Union exhibition game. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Other activities at Rogers Place that day include bouncy castles, face painting, an Oil Kings post-game autograph session and a meet and greet with police officers and firefighters that watch over Edmonton. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>There is little more than a week remaining until this exciting charity hockey game.&nbsp; So come out and cheer on your local police officers and firefighters, as they battle it out on the ice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <strong><span>For tickets contact the Edmonton Police Association at 780-496-8600 or </span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span><span>. </span></strong> 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 UT Chief fires back at criticism of homicide victim naming policy <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><em>&nbsp;Published in the February 1, 2018 edition of the Edmonton Journal Editorial Section</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Despite repeated attempts to provide Paula Simons with the reasons governing our controlled release of information on homicide files, she continues to assert that the EPS is cloaking those releases in &ldquo;. . . an aura of mystery&rdquo; and &ldquo;. . . keeping the truth about who&rsquo;s dying [homicide victims] in the dark.&rdquo;&nbsp; Nothing could be further from the truth.<br /> <br /> The rule of law means that the law applies equally to everyone and that no one is above the law.&nbsp; Our politicians, the wealthy, celebrities, judges . . . everyone must obey the law.&nbsp; There is an even stronger public expectation that Police will follow these same laws.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Alberta&rsquo;s privacy legislation is contained within the <em>Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP)</em>.&nbsp; The EPS must abide by the FOIPP provisions, as must every police service in Alberta, with the exception of the RCMP, who are governed by similar federal legislation.&nbsp; The EPS participated in an Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) committee mandated to establish consistent practices regarding the naming of homicide victims, hosted by the Solicitor General&rsquo;s office.&nbsp; The result of that committee&rsquo;s work was a framework, endorsed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, that allowed all AACP agencies to approach this issue in a consistent manner.&nbsp; This was made available to all media outlets, and Ms. Simons is well aware of its provisions. <br /> <br /> While it is impossible here to explain all of the considerations that go into deciding whether a homicide victim&rsquo;s name should be released, I will highlight the most important points.&nbsp; Section 17(4) of the FOIPP Act makes it clear that the disclosure of a homicide victim&rsquo;s name is presumed to be an unreasonable invasion of their personal privacy.&nbsp; Therefore, in order to release the name, the circumstances supporting release must outweigh the presumption of privacy.&nbsp; This must be determined on a case-by-case basis, while considering ALL of the relevant circumstances. <br /> <br /> Section 40(1) (c) allows a public body to disclose personal information for the purpose for which it was collected or a use consistent with that purpose, such as investigative necessity.&nbsp; Where it is reasonable and necessary to further a homicide investigation, releasing the name of the victim <em>may</em> be appropriate. &nbsp;That is not the situation with our latest homicide.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Contrary to Ms. Simons&rsquo; unwavering opinion, the mere fact that an individual has been the victim of a homicide is not legally sufficient rationale to disclose that individual&rsquo;s name.&nbsp; Section 32 of the FOIPP Act requires that a matter must be <strong>&ldquo;clearly in the public interest&rdquo;</strong> as opposed to a matter that may simply be &ldquo;<em>of interest</em> <em>to the public</em>&rdquo;.&nbsp; Mere public curiosity is not enough to disregard the privacy rights of the victim and their family.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The EPS has not made &ldquo;. . . a radical change in practice&rdquo; as alleged by Ms. Simons, as we have been following these rules for the past number of years.&nbsp; What has changed is the realization that we are now further required by law to only release as much personal information as necessary to solve crimes. &nbsp;</span><span>Arbitrary publication of the personal information of every homicide victim&nbsp;would go&nbsp;against privacy legislation, potentially put&nbsp;critical investigations and prosecutions at risk, and&nbsp;contravene the wishes of many family members who are suffering&nbsp;through unimaginable loss.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Police must follow the law. &nbsp;We are accountable to the families of the victims, who don&rsquo;t want today&rsquo;s grief to become tomorrow&rsquo;s headlines or social media musings, to the courts, who want facts and&nbsp;information that are&nbsp;untainted by&nbsp;reckless&nbsp;media speculation, and to the communities we serve.&nbsp; It is perplexing to be criticized repeatedly when we stand by the principles of legislation and the dignity of those who are suffering the greatest of loss.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> To avoid criticism, the easy thing would be to unlawfully and unethically publish the name of every homicide victim. &nbsp;I would rather take the criticism and do what is right.</span></p> 01 Feb 2018 15:58:46 UT