The Edmonton Police Service celebrated its 125th
anniversary in 2017, and to commemorate the occasion, numerous events and activities were offered throughout the year to bring together employees, retired members and citizens.
“It’s my distinct privilege to help kick off this milestone year for the Edmonton Police Service. I encourage all Edmontonians to join us in commemorating our shared history and the strong community spirit that has kept this city safe and growing for well over a century.” – Chief Rod Knecht
Through the efforts of the EPS 125th Anniversary Organizing Committee, 2017 featured numerous celebratory activities:
- #ThrowbackThursday – A fun and nostalgic look through the EPS archives with historic photos and articles coming out weekly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Commemorative Comic Book – The fifth comic in the popular EPS Legacy of Heroes collection will be released, which will take readers “Back to the Beginning.”
- Tree Planting – EPS officers joined school children for Arbor Day on Friday, May 5, and planted 125 trees to mark the 125th anniversary. Watch the video and read the article here.
- Civic Celebration – Tuesday, June 20 was the official anniversary celebration and that evening, the High Level Bridge will be lit up in EPS colours.
- Picnic in the Park – Sunday, August 20, was an afternoon of fun family activities with EPS members at Borden Park.
The EPS marked the special anniversary with a commemorative logo that highlighted the proud history of the service from its frontier town roots to that of a leader in community policing today.
The logo features two constables, one reflecting on the past and one looking to the future, but both sharing a common purpose. The transition of the police service is seen in the colours, as well as in the uniform and diversity of the members represented. The silver maple leaf ties the anniversary of the police service to its Canadian heritage.