Their formal graduation ceremony marks an important milestone at the beginning of their policing careers. They now have the opportunity to serve their community in ways they never could before, and to shape the future of policing in Edmonton.
The members of Class 145 have come from all walks of life to join the EPS, with new skills and experiences from around the world, which will be a tremendous asset serving our increasingly diverse community.
They travelled from across Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, England, India, and South Korea to be here. While many have law enforcement or first responder backgrounds, others have trades or professional experience, with many interesting career paths including a diamond miner from the Northwest Territories, a former junior police chief in the EPS Youth Cadet Corps, and two former CFL players / Grey Cup champions.
After new recruits successfully complete EPS academic training, they graduate into field training, where they have an operational role supporting patrol divisions with reducing crime and victimization across the city.
Graduating from Recruiting Training Class 145 are 23 officers (14 male, nine female), including one officer from the Lacombe Police Service who trained with EPS.
Participating in the graduation ceremony are Chief of Police Dale McFee, Chief Lorne Blumhagen from the Lacombe Police Service, MLA Brad Rutherford, Deputy Mayor Jon Dziadyk, and Edmonton Police Commission Chair Tim O’Brien.
The ceremony is filled with years of EPS pride and tradition, with a formal procession by the EPS Honour Guard, performances by the EPS Pipes and Drums and the EPS Chorus, colourful flag and marching drills, and comments from EPS members and special guests. Graduates receive their diplomas, as well as recognition awards for demonstrating excellence throughout their training.
Members of the public are invited to join graduates and their family and friends at the ceremony.
EPS Graduation Ceremony
Friday, June 7, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m.
Edmonton City Hall, City Room (Main Floor)
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
For more information on a career with the Edmonton Police Service, or to talk to a recruiter, please call 780-421-2233 (toll free at 1-866-777-0815) or visit www.joinEPS.ca.