Success Stories http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/ Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 12 Dec 2017 02:43:57 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2017, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Constable Mike Chernyk says, "Thank You" http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/ChernykThankYou.aspx "I have been very moved by your encouragement, and it is important to me to personally thank Edmontonians, Albertans and Canadians for their kind words, well wishes and cards." <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><a href="~/media/A4D97D6355D34A7B9840CB33A8230649.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 422px; margin-right: 3px; margin-left: 0px; float: left;" src="~/media/A4D97D6355D34A7B9840CB33A8230649.ashx?h=422&amp;w=300" /></a>"The last eight weeks have finally returned to normal for me. I cannot believe the outpouring of support I&rsquo;ve received since September 30<sup>th</sup>.<span>&nbsp; </span>I have been very moved by your encouragement, and it is important to me to personally thank Edmontonians, Albertans and Canadians for their kind words, well wishes and cards. It is this continued support that has fuelled me to heal and return to work.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">I especially want to thank the school children, citizens and police services from across the country who sent me such nice cards and letters. Thank you also to the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Eskimos for honouring the EPS in such meaningful ways.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">This incident will not deter me from my police career.<span>&nbsp; </span>If anything, it has made me and my police family stronger, and seems to have united Canadians from coast to coast. I&rsquo;ve received emails from people I&rsquo;ve never met, including other officers who said that what I did has made them more vigilant and want to train harder. <span>&nbsp;</span>We get into policing because we want to help people and do the right thing for the right reasons, so if what happened to me inspires people and brings them together, then I really can&rsquo;t ask for more than that. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">While I don&rsquo;t wish to remain in the spotlight, I wanted to acknowledge your kindness, and to assure my community I will continue to be 'dedicated to protect and proud to serve' as a member of the Edmonton Police Service." </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">- Constable Mike Chernyk</p> 24 Nov 2017 21:36:47 UT EPS Cyber Crimes find illegal substances sold to Canadians on Darkweb http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/DarkWebInvestigation.aspx Earlier this year, the Edmonton Police Cyber Crimes Investigative Detail became aware of suspicious activity on the dark web from a partner agency. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">This summer, officers came upon information that a highly radio-active and toxic metal (polonium-210) was being sold on the Darknet Marketplace to Canadians. Upon initial investigation, the suspects appeared to be residing and operating in Germany, so&nbsp;the Edmonton Police Service shared their intelligence with multiple German law enforcement agencies. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The German Federal Criminal Office launched an official investigation in July 2017 after receiving sensitive information that several persons were in violation of the Narcotics Act, the War Weapons Control Act and the Chemicals Act. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Three men were charged in relation to possession and trafficking fentanyl hydrochloride, carfentanyl hydrochloride and bioterrorism weapons (botulinum toxin and potassium cyanide). Several litres of unknown liquids, powder-like substances and other paraphernalia were seized. <span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">As technology has progressed, criminals have created new ways to commit crimes. <span>&nbsp;</span>Often, the dark web is misused by criminals because it provides more anonymity.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;This file highlights the real-time intelligence shared between international policing agencies,&rdquo; says Deputy Chief Greg Preston. &ldquo;Our EPS officers are truly committed to creating safer communities around the globe.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">EPS Cyber Crimes Investigation Detail was formalized about two years ago. Criminals are more frequently exploiting the speed, ease and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities that lack borders, either physical or virtual. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">For more information about this investigation, please contact the <a href="mailto:pressestelle¬@sta-koeln.nrw.de">Cologne State Prosecutor&rsquo;s Office</a> and see their <a href="http://www.zoll.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/Rauschgift/2017/y29_darknet_dealer.html">news release</a> (in German) for details. </p> ]]> 08 Nov 2017 21:56:59 UT Canine Unit fetches Top Dog award http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CPCA2017.aspx September 15-17 was a weekend for learning, honouring those who led us here, and, of course, friendly competition between canine teams from across Canada. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5PICsUSjkSY?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><a href="~/media/9A2805AA669F4B9A94EBA7E493497284.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 267px; height: 400px; margin-right: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; float: left;" src="~/media/9A2805AA669F4B9A94EBA7E493497284.ashx?h=400&amp;w=267" /></a>The Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Canine Unit hosted the 2017 Canadian Police Canine Association Trials in celebration of their unit&rsquo;s 50<sup>th</sup> year within EPS and as celebration for EPS&rsquo; 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Our Canine Unit represented our Service to the utmost respect. Our members spent exhaustive amounts of time and effort to put on a perfect weekend for all competitors and the public, and they outdid themselves. It was a weekend for handlers to learn from one another and for the public to see what our members, both two and four-legged, do every single day to keep our cities safe. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Our five teams were remarkable and truly proved how strong our training and skills are, but it reinforced the importance of this special partnership our Canine members have with PSDs. It is our handlers' and PSDs&rsquo; teamwork and dedication to their craft that make our Service worthy of such achievements as Top Dog. Congratulations to all five teams for your hard work through the weekend&rsquo;s difficult competitions.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Some may say we had the home advantage, but for the third year in a row, a member from our unit took the Top Dog award - Constable Nick Leachman and PSD Finn. Three out of our five teams placed in the Top 5 overall!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Cst. Tony Costa &amp; PSD Amok</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#4 Evidence Search</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#2 Building Search</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#2 Compound Search</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Cst. Lauren Croxford &amp; PSD Bender</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#4 Agility</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Cst. Bryan Langevin &amp; PSD Fallon</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#1 Agility</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#3 Building Search</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#5 Overall</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Cst. Ryan Busby &amp; PSD Jagger:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#1 Obedience</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#2 Agility</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#3 Compound Search</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#2 Apprehension</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#3 Overall</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Cst. Nick Leachman &amp; PSD Finn:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#3 Obedience</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#3 Agility</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#5 Apprehension</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">#4 Tracking</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>#1 Overall</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><a href="~/media/D661BCDCDA504FEFBFC107DB4CCE52C7.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/D661BCDCDA504FEFBFC107DB4CCE52C7.ashx?h=300&amp;&amp;w=450" /></a><a href="~/media/0F2FD2C5A405496B9BBA40B1AABA31F4.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/0F2FD2C5A405496B9BBA40B1AABA31F4.ashx?h=300&amp;w=450" /></a>&nbsp;</strong></p> 20 Sep 2017 20:10:40 UT EPS 125 Picnic in the Park http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/PicnicInThePark.aspx Over 3,000 people came out for a fun afternoon in Borden Park to help EPS celebrate its 125th anniversary on August 20, 2017. <div class="flex-video" style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6OD5P7Dtap0?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0"></iframe>&nbsp;</div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The EPS Picnic in the Park on August 20, 2017, provided a unique opportunity to showcase 125 years of policing in Edmonton, and for the public to interact with police in more casual setting.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>There were family activities, games, hot dogs, prize draws, entertainment, as well as displays from EPS specialized units such as Air One, Tactical, Canine, Traffic, and Crime Scenes Investigation (CSI).</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/16CA47C9761E467592B6501572B2C2E8.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin-top: 2px;" src="~/media/16CA47C9761E467592B6501572B2C2E8.ashx?h=167&amp;w=250" /></a><a href="~/media/6F2CEF9B0BE44627BBE557332CC8D0C0.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 256px; height: 167px;" src="~/media/6F2CEF9B0BE44627BBE557332CC8D0C0.ashx?h=167&amp;w=256" /></a><a href="~/media/CCC75CB4B5D848A7913057DABD6D805D.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" width="326" height="167" style="width: 326px; height: 167px;" src="~/media/CCC75CB4B5D848A7913057DABD6D805D.ashx?h=167&amp;&amp;w=326" /></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Sometimes people feel uneasy around police, but crowds gathered for selfies with officers, new and old police vehicles, and the popular EPS mascot Barney the Bear. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Children of all ages took part in the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course and the Officer Skills Challenge, and some preschool officers-in-training showed up in their own police uniforms ready for action.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/D1AE0FC949CF439B9FE410A79C16E94E.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 167px; height: 250px; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; float: left;" src="~/media/D1AE0FC949CF439B9FE410A79C16E94E.ashx?h=250&amp;w=167" /></a>It was &lsquo;Back to the Future&rsquo; when EPS Recruit Training Class #140 challenged kids to an old-fashioned tug of war and sack race, and to follow in the footsteps of Canada&rsquo;s first Indigenous police officer and Olympian in the Constable Alex Decoteau Dash.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Much like other picnics and get-togethers, it featured toe-tapping music.&nbsp; Performers included: Adrian LaChance; the Running Thunder Dancers and Drummers; Sangea Academy West African Drumming and Dancing; the Mojave Iguanas; Hailey Benedict; the EPS Pipes and Drums; and the EPS officer band New Routes.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The picnic concluded with the take-off and fly-by of the Air One helicopter to the cheers and waves of the crowd, who shared their enthusiasm and appreciation on social media.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Throughout our anniversary celebrations we&rsquo;ve seen an outpouring of appreciation and support from the community that we&rsquo;re truly thankful for,&rdquo; said Chief Knecht. &nbsp;&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a sense of pride in what we&rsquo;ve accomplished together and where we&rsquo;re going as a police service.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Picnic in the Park would not have been possible without the generous support of the Edmonton Police Foundation.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Karla Schell, Executive Director of the Edmonton Police Foundation, added, &ldquo;Police play a vital role in our community every day, but when you consider the impact a police officer has on a child&rsquo;s life simply by playing with them, it&rsquo;s clear that an event like this is an investment in the future.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/4E0D7008359545EFB539D5DF1A9F6C99.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/4E0D7008359545EFB539D5DF1A9F6C99.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" /></a></span></p> 29 Aug 2017 17:32:47 UT This is Who We Are - Human Trafficking & Exploitation Unit http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWA_HTEU.aspx Earlier this year, “VICE Unit” transitioned their name to, “Human Trafficking and Exploitation Unit.” <div class="flex-video"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qp1NDhm_5PQ?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>This change is a clear reflection of the evolution of the realities of investigations conducted by the Edmonton Police Service. This name change is also aligned with other policing agencies in Canada and is appreciated by advocacy groups and partner agencies that offer support to victims of exploitation.</p> 15 Aug 2017 21:08:49 UT This is Who We Are - Marine Unit http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/TIWWAMarineUnit.aspx The Edmonton Police Service Marine Unit will be out on the North Saskatchewan River this summer to ensure citizens are safe while taking part in recreational activities on the water. <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_JEgESwOx4U?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>The Marine Unit patrols about 50 km of the North Saskatchewan River by jet boat and Sea-doos, providing education and enforcement of offences relating to river use, liquor and noise. Officers will be checking that boat operators have the proper licence, and all river users have the required safety equipment, such as a lifejacket with a whistle.<br /> <br /> Citizens are encouraged to visit the <a href="http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf" target="_blank">Safe Boating Guide</a> available&nbsp;from Transport Canada&nbsp;for a complete list of boat safety regulations, and the <a href="https://weather.gc.ca/" target="_blank">Environment Canada</a> website to check weather and water levels. <hr /> Watch our previous <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EE3E8C7DEBD842F391E075BC2E6B5402&amp;_z=z">This is Who We Are / This is Who I Am </a>videos.</p> 26 Jul 2017 19:21:37 UT Happy Birthday, EPS! http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/HappyBirthdayEPS.aspx June 20 was our official 125th birthday! On that day in 1892, Edmonton Mayor Matthew McCauley issued Bylaw #15, which gave town council the ability to assemble its own police force. <div class="flex-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cnkuepSSE60?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Chief Knecht, Councillor Scott McKeen, and many other dignitaries, retired members and employees came together at City Hall to celebrate with cake and an official proclamation of June 20 as Edmonton Police Service Day. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Special guests included Ted Collinson, a retired member who joined the EPS in 1953, before there were even Recruit Training Classes. &ldquo;They sent me up to the chief&rsquo;s office, I had an interview with him, they took me over to City Hall, swore me in as a police constable,&rdquo; said Collinson. &ldquo;Came back and picked up my uniform downtown and he says, &lsquo;Can you start tonight?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Another veteran, Joan Crawford, spoke to reporters about her experience being one of the earliest women in the service when she joined in 1959. &ldquo;I was number 15, of 15 ladies,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Later on when they renumbered us, I was number 4.&rdquo; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Ted and Joan joined many employees in a group photo that showcased the wide variety of roles required to police a city of almost a million people. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Later that evening, the High Level bridge was lit up in blue and red to mark the occasion.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><a href="~/media/F36BC3E3734F47D2A898CE866543E400.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="~/media/F36BC3E3734F47D2A898CE866543E400.ashx?h=300&amp;w=400" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> 21 Jun 2017 21:23:13 UT EPS' 125 years of Service http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/EPS125GalaVideo.aspx It’s safe to say that over the past 125 years, Edmonton has matured from a community of 700 with one lone Town Constable in 1892 to a population of over 1.3 million in the greater metro area today, with over 2,500 people working for the Edmonton Police Service. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_RjFsy3j0F4?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Ever since Mayor Matthew McCauley issued bylaw #15 in 1892, establishing a single constable to protect 700 citizens, the EPS&rsquo;s growth and development has been intertwined with this city.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>When EPS&rsquo;s first constable P. D. Campbell was hired on July 21, 1892, he was paid $50 per month. Today, a first year constable earns $65,930.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>In 1905, the annual police expenses were $4,424. Today the 2017 budget is nearly $300 million. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>The EPS&rsquo;s first Kissel Kar patrol wagon, supplied by the Scott Motor Company of Edmonton, was purchased on February 26, 1913 for $1,500.00.&nbsp;Today, a police vehicle costs $65,000. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Gone are the days when a police organization was run with a few constables and two horses. Times may have changed since the service was first established, but one thing has always remained constant; the pride that members take in the profession, the department, and their community. Members of the EPS continue to be Dedicated to Protect, and Proud to Serve. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>As part of the year&rsquo;s celebrations, this video was produced using archival photos and film, including a ride along filmed by CBC in 1968. The eight-minute video captures the &lsquo;esprit de corps&rsquo; of the EPS.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 10pt 0cm;"><span>Future <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=03B7346CCB874337816E1878619035A1&amp;_z=z">EPS 125 events </a>for citizens to come out and celebrate are the Civic Celebration at Edmonton City Hall @ 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, and the Public Picnic at Borden Park on Sunday, August 20.</span></p> 05 Jun 2017 19:34:00 UT Edmonton Police Cadets recognized for service http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/CadetAwards.aspx On Wednesday, May 31st, over 200 family members and friends of Edmonton Police Cadets attended the 2017 Service Recognition Ceremony. <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="~/media/FF791FF6C8054510916CEF771E978652.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 265px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/FF791FF6C8054510916CEF771E978652.ashx?h=265&amp;w=400" /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Seven Edmonton Police Cadets proudly accepted awards for outstanding attitude, behaviour, and commitment to their fellow cadets and the corps.</p> <p>One cadet, Alyssa, received the Unsung Hero Award and the Dress and Deportment award on Wednesday. Between September 2016 - May 2017, she has put in 253 hours in-class, in training, and as a community volunteer. Alyssa is even going to come back as a youth instructor! Our new cadets will be lucky to have her! </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Alyssa wrote about her time as an Edmonton Police Service Cadet, </p> <p><span>"I am Alyssa Kropielnicki and I am 17 years old. I have wanted to become a police officer since I was 13 years old! For the past 10 years ,I danced competitively and for fun.&nbsp;I am a bit of a country girl, since I come from the small town of Tofield. I joined the police cadets to pursue my interest as a police officer. I thought it would be a great experience with peers that had the same interest as me, and to meet and connect with people within the Service. </span><span>I was quite nervous to send in my application knowing how many candidates were out there hoping for the same opportunity! </span></p> <p><span>I have gained leadership skills that will help guide me through my future endeavors, such as public speaking, team work, and under pressure scenarios. Police cadets has given me pride and confidence to succeed and make me feel welcome. Cadets has also provided me the chance to learn criminal law, and engage in physical activities to better ourselves and to build a foundation in the knowledge of possible future applicants. The program has pushed me to limits and tested my abilities to prepare for the future. We have been so lucky to have such supportive members to guide us to give us knowledge and experience. Cadets has set me up with numerous activities varying from volunteer work, to gaining contact and connecting with other youth. </span></p> <p><span>I will most certainly take away all of the memories generated from the first time I stepped into Griesbach and know that&nbsp;I have met lifelong friends. I have gotten an idea of what possibilities are out there for myself and peers to chase. We all have generated and have reached goals to become stronger people. I can whole-heartedly say that Police Cadets has shaped me into becoming a motivated, successful woman."</span></p> <p><span>Collectively, the cadet group logged an impressive 1,956 volunteer hours since September of 2016.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span>The following awards were handed out at the ceremony:</span></p> <p><span><strong>Danny Kam Memorial Award</strong>: Cadet Allan ANDERSON <br /> This award is presented to the cadet that shows exemplary dedication, spirit, and enthusiasm to the Cadet Corps. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Unsung Hero Award</span></strong><span>: Cadet Alyssa KROPIELNICKI and Cadet Laila ELBERY <br /> </span><span>This peer-voted award is presented to the cadet who is an integral part of the Cadet Corps, quietly leading by example and not seeking attention for their efforts.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Top Fitness Award</strong><span>: Cadet Breanna PHILLIPS<br /> </span><span>This award goes to the cadet who has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to improving and encouraging overall health and fitness. </span></p> <p><strong>Outstanding Volunteer Award</strong><span>: Cadet Michaela LALANDE<br /> </span><span>This award goes to cadets who have displayed outstanding commitment to the volunteer component of the program, logging a rare 800 volunteer hours.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Dress and Deportment Award</strong><span>: Cadet Alyssa KROPIELNICKI<br /> <strong></strong>T</span><span>his award is presented to the cadet who best exemplifies a conscientious state of dress and deportment, and encourages others to take pride in their uniforms. </span></p> <p><strong><span>Leadership Award</span></strong><span>: S/Sgt. Nicholas WALTER&nbsp; <br /> </span><span>This award recognizes the cadet who has exhibited exemplary leadership qualities throughout the year, leading through example and promoting the values and goals of the Edmonton Police Cadet Corps.</span></p> <p><span>Congratulations to all of our Cadets and their outstanding achievements!</span></p> 02 Jun 2017 06:00:00 UT “I’ve never had a bike in my whole life!” http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/SuccessStories/2017BikeSafetyFest.aspx As this 6 year old girl was waiting for her turn to unlock and lock up a bike as quickly as possible, she couldn’t help but stare at her new pink bike, which was leaning against a wall on the other side of Hall A. “I’m so excited! I want it now!” <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><a href="~/media/D11B34FB17B643FC88B156345AF84572.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 238px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/D11B34FB17B643FC88B156345AF84572.ashx?h=238&amp;w=350" /></a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>She is just one of 70 children who received a new bicycle with accessories like a bell, helmet, and a lock for the 2017 Bike Safety Festival on Saturday, May 27, 2017.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At 9:00 a.m. groups of children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton filed into Northlands&rsquo; Hall A. They were each fitted with a new helmet before they could run towards the wall of bicycles, where they would be sized for their own bike. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Recruits stepped in to teach some of the children how to ride a bicycle, as other children rode around, ecstatic with their new possession. Then the group was gathered up to watch a special demonstration from A/Sgt. Ryan Busby and PSD Jagger. A/Sgt. Busby began by seeing how much these children know about police service dogs. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/10619FFC5D5647A7BC3E079DF96F5F15.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 324px; float: left;" src="~/media/10619FFC5D5647A7BC3E079DF96F5F15.ashx?h=324&amp;w=300" /></a>&ldquo;Why do police use dogs?&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Because we don&rsquo;t have enough police officers!&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;What do dogs have that we don&rsquo;t?&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Teeth!&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>After the question period, PSD Jagger came out to show his obedience training and one of the children even got to play tug-o-war with him. Our red and blue lights were turned on and the children were able to check out a Canine vehicle before their bike safety day truly started. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The events were educational, fun, and active. Children were taught brain safety, how to properly lock up a bicycle and also had their faces painted with our recruits; that was all on top of Northeast Division BEATS members teaching them safe bike riding skills.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The event fostered and strengthened relationships between the EPS and the community,&rdquo; Northeast BEATS Sgt. Cory Huculak assured. &ldquo;We have been a part of this event since the beginning. We volunteer our Saturday to build these relationships and have fun with these kids. It&rsquo;s worth it.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This was event started in 2010 by Detective Patricia Dvorak when she was a member of Northeast BEATS. Sports Central has also been donating bicycles to this event, &ldquo;since the word go&rdquo;, as stated by Jim Harvey of Sports Central. The Bike Safety Festival has grown substantially over the years and its current partners include: AMA, Northlands, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Edmonton, Sport Central, Alberta Government, Brain Injury Society as well as the Optimist Club of Edmonton. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Each year the group of volunteers and partners strive to achieve and maintain their three core goals:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>a) Creating positive interactions between front-line police officers and at-risk youth.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>b) Providing each child with the knowledge and skills to stay safe on their bicycles.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>c) Empowering children with the responsibility of owning a bike and discovering the mobility that is too often taken for granted.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Though no longer in BEATS, I continue to run the Bike Safety Festival as it is clearly a worthwhile cause that positively builds relationships in the community,&rdquo; Det. Dvorak expressed. &ldquo;The Bike Safety Festival continues to encapsulate the EPS core values of Community, Respect and Innovation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><a href="~/media/FCC75BD459EA4696AA7676D20A3C8626.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 243px; height: 280px;" src="~/media/FCC75BD459EA4696AA7676D20A3C8626.ashx?h=280&amp;w=243" /></a><a href="~/media/7E0D62DFF2B64DFEBAD3F4FF088861EF.ashx" rel="lightbox"><img alt="" style="width: 284px; height: 280px;" src="~/media/7E0D62DFF2B64DFEBAD3F4FF088861EF.ashx?h=280&amp;w=284" /></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This event is a success thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this day special. Thank you to each of the partners, our Northeast Division BEATS, Recruit class #140, A/Sgt. Busby and PSD Jagger, and especially to Det. Patricia Dvorak for continuing this event throughout the years. </span></p> 30 May 2017 17:05:40 UT