Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 09 Dec 2022 17:14:05 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2022, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Run with Recruiters Celebrates 10 Years <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div> </div> <p>The EPS is celebrating ten years of its pillar recruitment program, Run with Recruiters (RWR). In the Spring of 2012, the program began with two EPS Recruiting officers exercising in the river valley. Having heard of the workouts, two MacEwan students asked to join the officers for a run. Joshua Hiebert, is one of the students who took part in the run. Today, he is entering his seventh year of service as an EPS officer, currently serving in the Tactical Unit.</p> <p>&ldquo;The runs were physically challenging. The RWR program gave me the desire to better myself physically &amp; mentally. I was able to talk about various aspects of the job that I was either too nervous or time constrained to ask in other settings. I didn&rsquo;t know any police officers personally, and the EPS recruiter was the first officer I could have an honest conversation with.<br /> I don&rsquo;t know where else I could have had the same opportunity to interact with Police&rdquo; said Constable Joshua Hiebert.</p> <p>In 2022, the EPS recruitment program has grown to facilitate hundreds of RWR events, attended by over five thousand participants since 2012. Since 2020, the service has hired over 160 of those individuals to be EPS officers.</p> <p>&ldquo;The RWR program focused on mentorship in 2012 and the same is true today. We&rsquo;re trained to help people &ndash; RWR helps potential applicants with their fitness, their confidence. It&rsquo;s rewarding to see someone achieve their goals. We are here to help them pursue a policing career, and it starts with a connection. This program allows that connection between police officers and the public in an encouraging environment&rdquo; said EPS Recruiting Sergeant David Kabyn.</p> 08 Dec 2022 19:45:06 UT EPS Detective Shares Her Story Of Surviving Domestic Violence <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div> </div> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Long before she became a member of the Edmonton Police Service, Detective Mona Gill was a victim of domestic violence. However, the story ends with her not only surviving but thriving.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT DIDN&rsquo;T SIT WELL&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Mona arrived in Canada following an arranged marriage in India. She was a new bride eager to start a new chapter in a new country, but there were troubling signs early in the marriage, and they escalated quickly.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;There was something that didn't sit well. He was very keen that we have a child right away. Forcing sex on me lot of times, so that I could get pregnant. In his way, it was like &lsquo;If she got pregnant, then she&rsquo;ll stay at home.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Gill says her ex-husband would pretend to use a condom. She eventually did get pregnant and gave birth to her daughter. But that led to more abuse because she says her ex-husband&rsquo;s family wanted a boy.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;HOLDING ME DOWN WHILE HE PUNCHED ME&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">The situation intensified with the arrival of her ex-mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Gill says her mother-in-law would cover her face in the morning so she didn&rsquo;t have to look at her and have her day ruined by simply looking at Mona.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Gill remembers one incident in the bathroom when she exchanged blows with her ex-husband.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;It went from a slap and me getting shocked and pushing him to a full-on beating. Then, my ex-mother-in-law holding me down while he punched me.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Soon afterwards, Mona decided she was done with the marriage. She reached out to her family, and contacted her father and asked for help.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;You are the one who arranged this marriage for me, I need you to make a decision. If you want me to stay in this relationship, I will, but I will either be dead, or I will be in a mental institute.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;IT JUST MAKES ME SO PROUD&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">Gill says her parents rallied to support her. She ended the marriage and managed to excel in law enforcement. The detective says she has no regrets and doesn&rsquo;t need to look far for proof. Her daughter is enjoying life as a highly-successful professional in film production. All the the proof that Mona needs.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;It just makes me so proud because I know that if I had stayed my daughter probably wouldn't be living the life that she's living now.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">--</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence:<br /> Family Violence Info Line 310-1818<span class="apple-converted-space"></span> (Toll-free 24/7)<span class="apple-converted-space"></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Encouraging them to contact the Family Violence Info Line is an option. This line provides help in more than 170 languages.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">More information and resources:</span></p> <p><a href=""><span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> 29 Nov 2022 16:30:11 UT Faster testing of crime guns means safer streets <p><a href="-/media/5315242336544D91A31F1975C37B9355.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/5315242336544D91A31F1975C37B9355.ashx?h=214&amp;w=300" style="float: left; margin-right: 4px;"></a>Daniel Wilson starts every day with a bang.</p> <p>Wilson is the sergeant in charge of the Edmonton Police Service&rsquo;s Firearms Examination Unit (FEU).</p> <p>FEU conducts forensic tests on crime guns seized by police. </p> <p>&ldquo;We are behind the scenes,&rdquo; says Wilson. &ldquo;Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSIU) members go out and seize firearms and when they are done fingerprinting and swabbing it for DNA, they turn it over to us and we do that classification and functionality testing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The unit, which launched in 2021, has been a game-changer for the service and community safety.<span>&nbsp; </span>Previously, firearms would be sent away to the National Forensic lab for testing.<span>&nbsp; </span>This process could take anywhere from 180 days to almost two years due to the large volume of weapons the lab receives.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to be able to speed it up,&rdquo; Wilson says. &ldquo;We are working towards examining firearms quicker in order to prosecute charges, and we are doing things between one to five days.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/2126F845916F4216B1A5263891A2E330.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/2126F845916F4216B1A5263891A2E330.ashx?h=359&amp;w=500" style=""></a></p> <p>FEU classifies and performs tests on seized firearms to ensure the comprehensive recovery of forensic evidence. Certificates of analysis are completed for court purposes, reducing the number of withdrawn charges.<span>&nbsp; </span>Cartridge casings are submitted to the national database for comparison and to find linkages to other crimes.</p> <p>&ldquo;If we seize a gun that&rsquo;s related to a previous shooting, the investigators can use it to possibly take their investigation in a new direction, corroborate stories, or bring it up when they interview potential suspects.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/1D152FA56AA04323A646DF0CCEE47F0C.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/1D152FA56AA04323A646DF0CCEE47F0C.ashx?h=333&amp;w=500" style=""></a></p> <p>The unit includes Wilson, a constable, two civilian firearms analysts, and two civilian firearms examiners.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>In their first year of operation, staff processed 749 weapons.<span>&nbsp; </span>This year, Wilson expects to break that record.<span>&nbsp; </span>To date, FEU has examined over 670 guns spread across 583 police files.</p> <p>&ldquo;Firearms Examination Unit is quite literally the smoking gun that can help wrap-up investigations.&rdquo; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 25 Nov 2022 18:09:27 UT EPS Officer Always Eager To Help <p><a href="-/media/45EA7AB8E9204C21ABCD54541BE7314B.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/45EA7AB8E9204C21ABCD54541BE7314B.ashx?h=400&amp;w=300" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px; "></a>&ldquo;Val demonstrates care and compassion with the people she works with on the street, and it goes a long way,&rdquo; says Cst. Adam Wood of the EPS HELP Unit.</p> <p>Val has been with EPS for more than 30 years and has worked in many different areas of the service and is currently with HELP. </p> <p>She recently received an internal customer service award for her hard work and dedication.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the HELP unit, we were given a caseload of the most complex individuals I've ever seen in my time as a social worker,&rdquo; says Trevor Buttery, who worked with Cst. Hoglund through his time with Boyle Street. &ldquo;Gaining trust and stabilizing these folks meant using some creative methods. If she thought of something that would help the client or build trust between EPS and the community, she would consider it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cst. Hoglund was also involved in writing several books including&nbsp;<a href="http://epsnet/NewsAndEvents/Articles/2021/12/AftertheForce">After the Force</a>, and her very own&nbsp;<a href="http://epsnet/NewsAndEvents/Articles/2022/05/PolicePupHershey">Police Pup Hershey: Ready to Lend a Paw</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;I know when Val set out to write&nbsp;Police Pup Hershey: Ready to Lend a Paw&nbsp;it wasn&rsquo;t for personal gain. It took nearly four years for her to write the manuscript. She paid for all editing fees out of her own pocket. She did all the legwork to get this book in print,&rdquo; says Cst. Liv Vors, who illustrated the book.</p> <p>Cst. Vors explains that the characters and situations in the book were all inspired by Cst. Hoglund&rsquo;s work in Youth Unit. Hershey&rsquo;s message is one of perseverance, compassion, kindness, and mutual understanding. These are attributes that Cst. Hoglund embodies.</p> <p>&ldquo;Val has made a career of Community Policing, as demonstrated by her recent assignments to HELP, Community Engagement Team, Crime Suppression Team, Youth Unit, Diversion First, Y50, and many other areas,&rdquo; says Sgt. Jacob Montgomery from HELP. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t think of anyone that embodies the principles of community policing like Val Hoglund does. She&rsquo;s one of a kind, and it&rsquo;s been a pleasure to see her in action.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thank you, Val, for your long-standing dedication to the improvement of our communities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 22 Nov 2022 21:47:19 UT EPS Members Honoured For Putting Brakes On Impaired Driving <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/2C98418BF8F74609A27D580C6299C8DC.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/2C98418BF8F74609A27D580C6299C8DC.ashx?h=267&amp;w=200" style=" "></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/71F05E800AAD4C3EBB958F9580E2173D.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/71F05E800AAD4C3EBB958F9580E2173D.ashx?h=267&amp;w=200"></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="-/media/3A96D196DF8B460CA4EC8B16FF13B586.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/3A96D196DF8B460CA4EC8B16FF13B586.ashx?h=267&amp;w=200" style=";"></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Nine EPS officers were recently named as Corporal Cumming Watch Award recipients.&nbsp; The officers took 1500 impaired drivers off Edmonton roads in 2021.&nbsp; The award honours RCMP Corporal Graeme Cumming who was killed by a drunk driver.</span></p> <p><strong><span>&ldquo;BYPRODUCT OF DOING THE WORK&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span>&ldquo;M</span>y passion for impaired driving and the knowledge behind it and getting these people off the road has always been my first priority. So, to me earning the award is more of a byproduct of doing the work,&rdquo; said Constable Adam Cotterall who was named as one of the Silver Award recipients. </p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>2021 WINNERS</strong></p> <p><span>Constable Mo Naqvi </span></p> <p><span>Constable Curtis Steinke </span></p> <p><span>Constable Krista Gavin </span></p> <p><span>Constable Andrew Kingsbury </span></p> <p><span>Constable Adam Cotterall </span></p> <p><span>Constable Manpreet Malhotra </span></p> <p><span>Constable Spencer Kuehn </span></p> <p><span>Constable Katie Hilton </span></p> <p><span>Constable Harman Gosal </span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The kudos are well-deserved according to Sgt Katie Davies of the EPS Impaired Driving Unit considering the current challenges facing law enforcement.</p> <p><span>&ldquo;Becoming part of Corporal Cumming&rsquo;s Watch is certainly an impressive achievement&hellip;particularly during an unprecedented time of competing police priorities.&nbsp; Impaired driving files are known for being complex, lengthy and some of the most heavily litigated of all offences that dictate a certain skill level and aptitude to proficiently investigate,&rdquo; said Davies.</span></p> <p><strong><span>&ldquo;MOTIVATING FACTOR&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span>Constable Cotterall says cracking down on impaired driving feels like an &ldquo;uphill battle&rdquo; because he knows the stats. There are more impaired drivers that go undetected than get caught. However, he&rsquo;s optimistic what will change with more training and support. He&rsquo;s also motivated by the pain that impaired driving can cause.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I had a good friend of mine struck by an impaired driver and who was killed. So, I've had that personal sort of trauma in my life. It's also a motivating factor&hellip;learning as much as I can about impaired drivers and doing my best to get them off the street.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 18 Nov 2022 20:08:10 UT EPS Constable Wins Prestigious National Award Constable Wins Prestigious National Award <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="420" width="420" src="-/media/071A48642FBF4F1B97A63D0DA63C9EE7.ashx?h=420&amp;w=420"></p> <figure> <figcaption style="text-align: center;">Photo courtesy of Special Olympics</figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You just might see her on the soccer pitch when she&rsquo;s not working with her colleagues on the EPS Community Engagement Team.</p> <p><span>Constable Amanda Trenchard loves coaching and will and soon be formally presented as the winner of the Rob Plunkett Law Enforcement Torch Run Award which is given by Special Olympics Canada. The national award is named in memory of Detective Constable Robert Plunkett who lost his life in the line of duty in 2007.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;It's an honour, but it's strange because it's something I absolutely love to do and I would do it no matter what,&rdquo; said Trenchard.</span></p> <p><span>Special Olympics Alberta is an organization that supports and provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Trenchard became involved with the movement about 23 years ago after being asked to help with a soccer practice.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I went out and got hooked because it's just amazing. The athletes, their sportsmanship, their enjoyment and just to see them overcome challenges and show off their abilities.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div> </div> <figure> <figcaption style="text-align: center;">Constable Trenchard shares one of her favorite stories about a Special Olympian</figcaption> </figure> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Over the years, Trenchard has coached hundreds of athletes but there is one story that stands out in her mind. It involves a young girl.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;She was not able to speak and didn&rsquo;t hear well&hellip;and she was nervous,&rdquo; said Trenchard.</span></p> <p><span>She remembers that the girl needed to be led around the field by a coach when she began playing. But in the last tournament of the season, she scored a goal. A moment Trenchard remembers vividly.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;They came back to tell me that her parents had been there, her family had been there, and they had videotaped it. In all the years of her life, she had gone, she had seen her nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters&rsquo; videos and they showed off their medals&hellip;and she was able to finally show off her medal and her video of her participating in sport.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Trenchard says it&rsquo;s stories like that which keep her coming back to coach Special Olympians.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I find sometimes our job can be really tough&hellip;But I show up at practice and I see their challenges and I see how much they enjoy life. And I'm like, &lsquo;It's not so bad.&rsquo; This is amazing,&rdquo; said Trenchard.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 15 Nov 2022 18:00:43 UT Pumping Pedals To Fight Cancer PEDALS TO FIGHT CANCER <p><span style="color: #0e101a;"><a href="-/media/BE2C9A01F0A2494C9FEBDEDBDAC63B25.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/BE2C9A01F0A2494C9FEBDEDBDAC63B25.ashx?h=272&amp;w=300" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px; "></a>The race is still a long way down the road, but the wheels are already in motion for the Cops Crushing Cancer cycling team. The Edmonton Police Service group has been riding in the Enbridge Tour of Alberta for 15 years while raising funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;Last year, we had four of us that were on the ride and personally, I would love to see us back up to twenty or more on our team. It's just an amazing event&hellip;Well worth the time and effort, said Sgt. Mike Fehr.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;KEEPING A PROMISE THAT I MADE&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">He is the longest-serving rider and has been pumping the pedals for 10 years after losing his sister Melissa to cancer in 2012. Fehr rides for her and others touched by cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;I made a promise to her that I would ride as long as I could.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;HONOR EVERYONE WHO&rsquo;S WON THE BATTLE AND ALSO HONOR THE ONES WHO&rsquo;VE LOST THE BATTLE&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">That&rsquo;s what Constable Krystle Daoud plans to do this summer. She is one of the lucky ones. Daoud was diagnosed with Hodgkin&rsquo;s Lymphoma back in 2007 after returning from a tour with the military. She was just 21 years old at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;It's the fear of the unknown. You don't know what's going to happen, but I&rsquo;m very stubborn&hellip;It wasn&rsquo;t without a tough fight, and I just say to anyone who&rsquo;s ever in that position to just never give up,&rdquo; said Daoud.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0e101a;"><a href="-/media/2644FE01081E4521ACE12C17C2009A95.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/2644FE01081E4521ACE12C17C2009A95.ashx?h=275&amp;w=400" style=";"></a></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;I WORE THAT FLAG WITH PRIDE&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">She&rsquo;s been cancer free for 11 years and obviously wears a badge with EPS. However, she wore another distinctive emblem during her last ride.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;They gave me the yellow survivor flag, which meant a lot to me. Just to say&hellip;&rsquo;Hey, you made it, you beat it.&rsquo; So, I wore that flag with pride&hellip;It just really warms my heart.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">The cyclists ride for their own different reasons. It's a two-day event covering about 200km, but riders say it&rsquo;s easy to get over the physical hardship and pain, because they know the money will be well-used by the Alberta Cancer Foundation.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0e101a;">&ldquo;Important pieces of equipment have been purchased. As well as the additional patient care that they've been able to provide because of this event. You won't regret it if you join,&rdquo; said Fehr.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span>You can support the team by clicking on this link. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt;"><a href=""><span></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/F437E1F8089046438ADC537F56D056A3.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/F437E1F8089046438ADC537F56D056A3.ashx?h=588&amp;w=400" style=";"></a> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 07 Nov 2022 21:00:29 UT Empowering members to learn more members to learn more <p><span><img alt="" src="-/media/FBEFF08CC9934FF7ACD411B7D205AD4F.ashx?h=450&amp;w=300" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;"></span>She&rsquo;s been on the job for a year and Christie Pace is still adjusting to her role with the Edmonton Police Service.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was hired as the Indigenous Relations Advisor to advocate and consult with the indigenous community to identify opportunities for the EPS to work towards truth and reconciliation&hellip; However, I think what I do a lot of is empower our members to learn more,&rdquo; said Pace.</p> <p>Prior to joining EPS, Pace worked at the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society for 24 years. She started as a volunteer and worked her way up to manager of the Practise [sic] as Ceremony Cultural Support Services program.</p> <p>&ldquo;That position really took me into the world of bringing that knowledge and awareness of the culture to other organizations and agencies that wanted that knowledge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pace also worked as a liaison with the EPS for close to 10 years and sat on the Chief&rsquo;s advisory council which gave her insight into how the Service operates.</p> <p>&ldquo;My perception of the EPS was, &lsquo;this is an organization that just needs more knowledge, more awareness, more teachings.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Pace, who is <span>M&eacute;tis</span>, says &ldquo;not everybody&rdquo; in her community supported her decision to join the EPS, but adds the criticism has subsided.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really saw an opportunity to take that work a step further working for EPS and trying to see if I had a larger reach in the work that we could do.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pace says the job is challenging and describes her role as more supportive and encouraging to members who want to learn more about Indigenous culture, practices, and issues.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want members to know that there's a long history of intergenerational trauma. However, there's also a longer history of a beautiful culture and way of living previous to that. I think sometimes we forget about that beautiful history&hellip; I think I want them to know that I am here to support that learning and to support them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 03 Nov 2022 16:30:09 UT Bullseyes at World Police and Fire Games at World Police and Fire Games <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/62775B316EFC42CE8DBFFC8BBD9D4EE5.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/62775B316EFC42CE8DBFFC8BBD9D4EE5.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" style=" "></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>Inspector Kevin Berge and Sergeant Jody Vegh scored top honours in the archery competition at the World Police and Fire Games 2022.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The athletic event is open to police, fire, customs, and corrections personnel from around the world, and over 10,000 first responders competed in 63 different sports in Rotterdam, Netherlands.</span></p> <p><span>Both EPS members are semi-professional archers who have been passionate about the sport since youth, and enjoy archery tournaments and bowhunting in their spare time.&nbsp; They also worked together at the same archery store before becoming police officers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/47B251DBC16047B08D341BA70D98080C.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/47B251DBC16047B08D341BA70D98080C.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" style=" "></a></span></p> <p><span>Having talked about the games for years, the officers paid all their own expenses for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on the world stage.</span></p> <p><span>Using custom compound bows with all the bells and whistles, they competed in the Target, Field, and 3D archery events at the games, with Kevin Berge winning three gold medals, and Jody Vegh winning a silver in the Field event and a bronze in the 3D event.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Each event tested the skills of the archers, such as the 3D shoot in the forest, and at times the targets were up to 60 metres (196 feet) away.</span></p> <p><span>While they faced fierce competition from other agencies, fair play and good sportsmanship were always top of mind.</span></p> <p><span>Congratulations Kevin and Jody for representing EPS at the games and aiming for the gold!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" src="-/media/8D7CFF08C1BC47A88383B698D6760B51.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" style=" "></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> 28 Oct 2022 19:28:33 UT EPA Blues go head-to-head with Oilers Alumni for a great cause <p><a href="-/media/A9C131BA71B048A0971EF2030D4A1580.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/A9C131BA71B048A0971EF2030D4A1580.ashx?h=189&amp;w=300" style=" float: left; margin-right: 5px;"></a>The Edmonton Police Association hockey team, the EPA Blues, laced up and hit the ice against the Oilers Alumni last weekend to raise funds for those fleeing domestic violence. </p> <p>The game was a thrilling experience for the Blues players as they faced off against their hockey heroes. The Blues managed to pull off a surprising victory, but the big winners were the charities. The three-day event raised nearly $100,000 for WINhouse and Jessie's House.</p> <p>The Shoot Pass Support event featured a wing night on Thursday, October 6, where 1st RND won best overall wings, followed by Game Day on Saturday and Try Hockey Day Sunday, where WINhouse families had the opportunity to try the sport with the Oilers Alumni and University of Alberta Pandas. Shoot Pass Support not only raises much-needed funds for essential resources for those fleeing violence but also builds community for the families it helps.</p> <p>Sage Thate, whose family has actively volunteered with Winhouse and Jessie's House, was thrilled to be out enjoying the games and events while supporting a great cause. She says her boyfriend was especially delighted to meet Oiler Alum Steve MacIntyre at the event. After such a long hiatus from many events, Thate said hockey is a great way to bring the community together to support such a worthy cause, "everyone is just really energetic and happy to be here. Through COVID, domestic violence worsened, and it is great to see all this support."<span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/5F4D50DDF51B49D8AFEFE96732C3CFBD.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/5F4D50DDF51B49D8AFEFE96732C3CFBD.ashx?h=267&amp;w=400" style=" "></a></span></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an everyday reality&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>2021 Statistics from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) show a 20 percent increase in the number of domestic violence calls received by police based on a five-year average. </p> <p>The experience of one EPA Blues defenceman and EPS officer reflects the statistics, "one of our number one calls for service is domestic violence related. It's an everyday reality that we are trying to put a halt to, and it's an ongoing problem not only in our community but nationwide." </p> <p>Not only is it essential to bring awareness to domestic violence, but the officer says bringing awareness to resources like Winhouse and Jessie's House is incredibly important. "Every little bit counts in making sure that these support systems have funding so that we are able to take care of those that fall victim to domestic violence," he said.</p> <p>For Charlie Huddy, an Oilers Alumni and former Winnipeg Jets assistant coach, this was his first time participating in the Shoot Pass Support event. He said he was happy to come out and help the Oilers Alumni when he got the call. </p> <p>Huddy said he was looking forward to getting back on the ice to play against the EPA Blues for such a great cause, "of course, the more money that you raise, the better, but just bringing awareness to the cause that we are playing for and helping any way we can is what we are here for."</p> <p>For the EPS members playing Saturday, it's also a great way to do something different while supporting the community. "For us, it is just being able to represent the Edmonton Police Service in a light that shows that we do care. We are here to support people, and we do have not just policing resources but also external resources to help that we can get them connected with," said one member. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 21 Oct 2022 21:53:23 UT