Success Stories Below is a list of stories and articles about the Edmonton Police Service and its members. en 13 Aug 2022 07:17:30 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2022, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. HELP receives Alberta Community Justice Award Award recognizes innovative approach to help individuals out of the criminal justice system. <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/449454CD11B24E8E9837B74972718C89.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/166C52D5BC6F4F52907E3BB535A19DE7.ashx"><img alt="" height="427" width="600" src="-/media/166C52D5BC6F4F52907E3BB535A19DE7.ashx?h=427&amp;w=600"></a></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service’s Human-centred Engagement and Liaison Partnership Unit (HELP) was presented with the 2022 Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Community Justice Award in the ‘Innovation’ category.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>HELP received the award for its collaboration between police officers and agency navigators to direct vulnerable individuals into needed human services rather than further involvement with the criminal justice system. </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>In 2021, the HELP program engaged with approximately 838 community members, resulting in an average monthly reduction of 33.5% in social disorder violations.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>“This award is a wonderful way to recognize all of the work that the HELP team has put in since 2020 in building such an innovative and collaborative program,” says Acting Inspector David Crisp.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>“None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of our social agency partners and the commitment they’ve given. &nbsp;While this work is very challenging, it’s also very rewarding, because it’s making a real and positive difference in the lives of our city’s most vulnerable.”</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>Chair John McDougall of the Edmonton Police Commission nominated HELP for the award, which was presented to Chief Operations Officer Enyinnah Okere by Minister Tyler Shandro on June 17, 2022.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>This is not the first Community Justice Award for the EPS. &nbsp;In 2019, the Community Action Team received the Community Justice Award in the category of ‘Community Collaboration,’ and in 2018, the Heavy Users of Service (HUoS) project was recognized for ‘Community Mobilization.’</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>HELP could not be successful without the many internal and external employees and contributors.&nbsp; Congratulations to all who have been integral to the creation, evolution, and ultimate success of HELP in its first years! </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/A219B92E60044684977BB1F3D7C1E1E0.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/F68CB2846753408C863BC2838923D244.ashx"><img alt="" height="399" width="600" src="-/media/F68CB2846753408C863BC2838923D244.ashx?h=399&amp;w=600"></a></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><strong><span>About the Community Justice Awards<br><br></span></strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span>The annual Alberta Community Justice Awards celebrate individuals and groups who contribute to community justice, as well as the special efforts taken by professionals in the justice system to serve the public. &nbsp;Community justice occurs when the system and community partners work together to make Alberta a safer place to live, while supporting those who have been impacted by crime. &nbsp;It acknowledges our collective strength and our ability to go above and beyond in addressing root causes of crime, reacting to it, and serving those who are most vulnerable in our society.</span></p> 10 Aug 2022 15:46:12 UT Project Connection Project Connection – aptly named to reflect the connections between the Edmonton Police Service and the communities we serve, focuses on the areas of Alberta Avenue, Chinatown, Downtown Core and Downtown LRT Stations. ​ <p><span>These communities have historically been subject to high levels of victimization and crime which has been magnified by the Covid-19 pandemic. Several factors including reduced ridership on transit, economic challenges, and difficulty in accessing social and mental health supports by individuals experiencing homelessness and/or addictions may be contributing to this upward trend.</span></p> <p><span>Project Connection commenced in May 2022 and will continue in a phased approach, ensuring all aspects of evidence-based community focused and human centered policing will be utilized.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The geographical&nbsp;focus of Project Connection will be:</span></p> <ul> <li><span>113 Street to 79 Street along 118 Avenue</span></li> <li><span></span>100 Avenue encompassing the Downtown Core, Chinatown, and Alberta Avenue</li> <li>Edmonton Transit LRT Stations including Stadium LRT Station, Coliseum LRT Station, Central LRT Station, Churchill LRT Station and the adjacent pedway system<br /> <br /> </li> </ul> <p><span>The goal of Phase 1 is to increase community safety for community members, businesses and those individuals with vulnerabilities who require additional support.&nbsp; This will be achieved through community engagement of individuals and stakeholders, an increase in proactive location-based policing and an increase in prosocial behavior through education, awareness, and enforcement, as needed.&nbsp;</span></p> 19 Jul 2022 17:38:34 UT EPS puts the brakes on bike theft Nearly three years ago, the Edmonton Police Service announced its official partnership with the online bicycle registry, Bike Index. <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"><div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe src="" allowfullscreen="" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe></div></div> <br> <p><span>Today, we celebrate the latest milestone: over <strong>100,000</strong> bicycles have been registered on in the Edmonton area!</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Bike Index is a not-for-profit online bicycle registry that allows bicycle owners to create a free account, and in mere minutes, their bicycle is registered and can be tied to them if the bike is ever stolen,&rdquo; Cyber Crimes Detective Dana Gehring explains. &ldquo;Our cycling community was already using their platform, so it just made sense to ask for an internal buy-in for a system that already works, instead of having to convince the cycling community to switch to another platform.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Although their roles within the Service were not directly related to bicycle theft, EPS officers Detective Dana Gehring and Constable Kenny McKinnon were tired of seeing the rise of stolen bicycles and bicycles left unclaimed in our seized vehicle lot. As cycling enthusiasts themselves, they chose to lead the charge and bring in a partnership to curb the number of bicycles stolen and increase the number of recovered bicycles that were returned to their rightful owners. </span></p> <p><span>Before this partnership, officers had very few options to identify a recovered bicycle&rsquo;s owner; they had to rely on an owner filing a police report or a CPIC report, which unfortunately was not often enough. Another roadblock for returning a bicycle to its owner was that many owners didn&rsquo;t have access to their bike&rsquo;s serial number, so they were rarely able to prove ownership if they found it at our Seized Vehicle Lot before going to auction. Without this proof, many owners simply let their bicycles go. </span></p> <p><span>Since our partnership, this viable solution was integral to the return of <strong>673 registered bicycles</strong>, as reported directly on Bike Index by users. We estimate the value of these returned bicycles to be at least a half a million dollars! This number of returned bicycles does not account for the bicycles that were returned before their bicycle was ever listed as stolen, typically because the owner hadn&rsquo;t realized it was stolen yet.</span></p> <p><span>Our Property Exhibit Unit has also noticed a large decrease in bicycles they receive annually. In 2019, PEU received 1557 bicycles with 1140 going to auction and 60 being destroyed. In 2021, PEU received 967 bicycles with 752 going to auction and only 22 being destroyed. </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;&ldquo;Considering the demand for bicycles increased substantially throughout the pandemic, we can presume it was our partnership with Bike Index that continues to have a positive decline in our Property Exhibit numbers,&rdquo; Constable Kenny McKinnon says. </span></p> <p><span>Another key component for EPS&rsquo; success has been our relationships with Edmonton&rsquo;s local bicycle shops who have introduced the registry to their customers, and many shops are able to register at the point of sale. &ldquo;Without the bicycle shops who have joined our initiative, we would have never hit this milestone,&rdquo; Constable McKinnon continues. &ldquo;Thank you, Edmonton, for making this program a success!&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>If you haven&rsquo;t registered your bicycle yet, you can ride it down to one of our upcoming registration events or complete it online in less than two minutes at </span><a href="file:///C:/Users/wildea/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/AP4I75HI/"><span></span></a><span>. Step-by-step instructions and more information can also be found at </span><a href="file:///C:/Users/wildea/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/AP4I75HI/"><span></span></a><span>.</span></p> 05 Jul 2022 14:52:02 UT Retired EPS member appointed to Order of Canada A police officer’s simple act of kindness has resulted in an appointment to the Order of Canada. <p>Retired Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Staff Sergeant Gary Goulet said he was in shock when he learned he had been nominated for the prestigious award.&nbsp; &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know what to say. They don&rsquo;t tell you you&rsquo;re being nominated.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s all done behind the scenes.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span><a href="-/media/D50124BC41DB4139A7A302CE817C3CEF.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/D50124BC41DB4139A7A302CE817C3CEF.ashx?h=367&amp;w=550"></a></span></strong><img alt="" height="333" width="500" src="-/media/77A99992E5A5433EA573FAC45EA6E3F8.ashx?h=333&amp;w=500" style="text-align: left; "></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Retired EPS Staff Sergeant Gary Goulet</span></strong></p> <p><span>Goulet is the founder of Cops for Cancer, a charity which has raised an estimated $100 million nation-wide and inspired similar movements in Australia and Britain.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;It started so innocently and just developed into something completely different,&rdquo; Goulet said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really hard for me to believe.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>In 1994, Goulet&rsquo;s sister introduced him to a five-year-old boy, Lyle, who lived across the street from her.&nbsp; Lyle was undergoing chemotherapy and had lost his hair.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I found out other kids were making fun of him because he had no hair,&rdquo; Goulet recalled. &ldquo;My head was already shaved for comfort, so I wanted to let him know that it was cool to be bald.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Goulet took Lyle on a tour of a police station.&nbsp; When it was time for a photo, other officers asked if they could be in the picture.&nbsp; &ldquo;I told them the photo was for bald guys only,&rdquo; Goulet said.<br> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" height="401" width="500" src="-/media/DF28194C38C04AA98DBE3A4D77691B6B.ashx?h=401&amp;w=500"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Original Cops for Cancer participants, 1994 (Courtesy Edmonton Journal)</span></strong></p> <p><span>The officers shaved their heads then and there in the parking lot of the police station.&nbsp; National media picked up the story.&nbsp; Before long, Goulet was receiving letters of support from across the country. One letter, from a mother in Ontario whose child had had cancer, encouraged Goulet to challenge other police departments to raise funds for cancer research.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;And that&rsquo;s what inspired me to do more.&nbsp; I just thought to myself, you know, maybe there is something that I can do.&nbsp; Maybe we shouldn&rsquo;t just let it end here,&rdquo; Goulet said.</span></p> <p><span>Today, thousands of first responders across the country shave their heads and take part in cycling tours to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research and support children with cancer and their families. </span></p> <p><span>Goulet retired from the Edmonton Police Service in 2007 but continues to fundraise and speak on behalf of Cops for Cancer.&nbsp; He said the service played an important role in the charity&rsquo;s early successes. &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to achieve this without the support and encouragement from the EPS.&nbsp; This shows how important teamwork is, as it&rsquo;s not something that I would have been able to achieve alone.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The Order of Canada is presented by the Governor General to people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation.&nbsp; Since its creation in 1967, more than 7,600 people have been invested in the Order.</span></p> <p><a href=""><span>Order of Canada appointees &ndash; June 2022</span></a></p> 30 Jun 2022 13:53:04 UT Art worth bragging about “This is the only graffiti you’ll see in a police station” <p><span>Edmonton Police Service (EPS) employees, citizens, and Community Safety and Well-being Bureau (CSWB) clients will now be greeted by an awe-inspiring mural on the second floor of Police Headquarters. </span></p> <p><span>Last year, EPS Detective Shane Faulkner was speaking with Metis artist, Jordoh, and as they began talking about art, Jordoh shared his personal story of adversity, resilience, and success. He had grown up in an impoverished home and his mother suffered from addictions. As a youth, Jordoh would take part in illegal graffiti, and unfortunately, later found himself entrenched in gang activity. He lived a high-risk lifestyle which led him into a youth detention centre after an armed robbery in Yorkton. This experience would change his life forever, as the Correctional Officers discovered his artistic talents and helped organize an exhibit at a local gallery for his artwork. This show of support revealed to Jordoh that this could be a career and it inevitably empowered him to complete high school with honours, and make a viable, successful career as a professional artist. </span></p> <p><span>Jordoh’s story resonated with Shane to the point where he initiated an internal request to commission Jordoh to paint a street mural at the entrance in EPS’ CSWB office.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" height="306" width="500" src="-/media/2A47A55D7F3E43089EBD9D3DE5651CF3.ashx?h=306&amp;w=500"></span></p> <p><span>The artwork is guided by the spirits of humility (represented by the bear); connection (represented by the eagle); kindness (represented by the deer); and success (represented by the wolf) and portrays the powerful message that we can all embrace community, turn a new leaf, and <strong>grow</strong>.</span></p> <p><span>On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, this unique art installation was unveiled to a crowd of EPS employees, including Chief Operations Officer Enyinnah Okere, Integrated Community Safety Division Superintendent Scott Jones, Diversion and Desistance Branch Inspector Rob Gill, and EPS’ Indigenous Relations Coordinator Christie Pace who initiated a smudging and led a prayer. </span></p> <p><span>At this event, Jordoh explained that he chose to complete this large, intricate mural, “so it could also grow me”. After explaining the other meanings behind each animal, the Bear representing family, the Eagle as the connection to the Creator, a Deer for intuition to make decisions, and the Wolf for success and loyalty, he laughed and said, “This is the only graffiti you’ll see in a police station. It’s a pretty great brag.”</span></p> <p><span>Respects and praises were shared with Jordoh for his passion, creativity, and innovation, “The art speaks for itself. It’s beautiful and strikes me every time I walk in here,” COO Okere said. “This is important to our organization. It’s a visual representation of where we are trying to go as a Service. Thank you for giving us something to look to as we grow.”</span></p> <p>“There is a vulnerability to share your art,” Superintendent Jones expressed. “It’s remarkable and it makes everyone feel better about coming into work.”</p> <p><span>After hearing Jordoh’s passion for inspiring youth as a way to return the favour that the Correctional Officers in Yorkton had done for him, Detective Faulkner also reached out to contacts within Edmonton’s youth agencies to propose Jordoh as a youth mentor for their clients. The YMCA was excited about this creative opportunity for their youth, and Jordoh has been mentoring ever since! After the mural ceremony, Inspector Gill offered additional space in their offices to showcase the artwork created by the youth Jordoh is mentoring. We hope to see more of our walls adorned by the works of Edmonton’s inspiring community members.</span></p> <p><strong><span>More about the artist:</span></strong></p> <p><span>Jordoh is a Metis Graffiti Artist of Cree (Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation) and German descent, who grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.</span><span> </span><span>Jordoh’s childhood was impacted by addictions and divorce, which led him down a path of illegal graffiti, gangs, and crime.&nbsp; Jordoh’s life changed while in custody at Orcadia Youth Residence when his Correctional Officers helped get his art shown in a local gallery.&nbsp; Once Jordoh sold a painting, and he realized his art could be a business, his life was changed forever…You can see more of his art at</span></p> 28 Jun 2022 15:24:01 UT Constable Daniel Tallack named Kiwanis Top Cop 2021 Recognized for outstanding volunteer contributions in the community. <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> <br> <p>Const. Tallack receives the award for his extensive efforts mentoring and supporting vulnerable 2SLGBTQ+ youth at local drop-in centres and shelters who are facing houselessness, addictions or mental health crises.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <br> &nbsp;As part of the award, the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton - Oil Capital is donating $1,000 to the charity of Const. Tallack&rsquo;s choice, which is the CHEW Project OUTpost (2SLGBTQ+ youth drop-in centre).<br> <br> Const. Daniel Tallack is 46th EPS officer recognized by Kiwanis for outstanding volunteer contributions in the community since 1976.&nbsp; Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.&nbsp; For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton - Oil Capital, please visit <a href="http://" id=""></a>.&nbsp;<br> <strong></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" height="332" width="500" src="-/media/77A1EA91EA864A5F9CC49A170C7F7C8F.ashx?h=332&amp;w=500"></strong></p> <p><strong>About Constable Daniel Tallack&nbsp;</strong><br> <br> Const. Daniel Tallack was nominated for the Kiwanis Top Cop award by his colleagues for his outstanding involvement with Edmonton&rsquo;s 2SLGBTQ+ community.<br> <br> Daniel always wanted to be a police officer, and worked as peace officer with the University of Alberta for five years prior to joining EPS in 2013.<br> <br> His lived experience as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and understanding of the barriers they face, helped him develop empathy and compassion as a police officer, and build positive relationships and trust with community members.<br> <br> Daniel goes out of the way to assist those who have fallen between the cracks, and volunteers a significant amount of time mentoring and supporting youth, including those facing houselessness, addictions or mental health crises.<br> <br> He is a dedicated volunteer at Camp fYrefly, the CHEW Project OUTpost, Old Strathcona Youth Society, and Youth Empowerment Support Services.&nbsp; He is also a tireless advocate with the EPS 2SLGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and the EPS Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Advisory Council.<br> <br> Const. Daniel Tallack has gone above and beyond to improve community safety and well-being.&nbsp; By connecting with 2SLGBTQ+ youth, he has become a trusted role model and resource, and an example of what positive policing can look like.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img alt="" height="333" width="500" src="-/media/19291E5FF1264F4BA2B6048BA62C6702.ashx?h=333&amp;w=500"><br> </em><em style="text-align: left;">The Top Cop Award was presented to Constable Daniel Tallack by Chief Dale McFee and President Beverly Levis from the Kiwanis Club on June 24, 2022.</em></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="151" width="561" src="-/media/41D41E490E654F239EC171854ECBF58E.ashx"></p> 24 Jun 2022 19:51:23 UT Pipes and Drums music featured in new Vimy app The Vimy Foundation recently released an app called Vimy: A Living Memorial, featuring the music of the EPS Pipes and Drums band. <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><br> The mobile app provides an interactive experience in commemoration of the battle at Vimy Ridge. </span></p> <p><span>There are many reasons that make this project significant. It allows people an inside look into the battleground and provides an appreciation of Canada&rsquo;s history and the sacrifices made.</span></p> <p><span>The app also features music performed and recorded by the EPS Pipes and Drums at the Winspear Centre in November 2020. During their concert, the Pipes and Drums performed a set called Princess Patricia&rsquo;s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Drummer&rsquo;s Call and March Past, containing three tunes from the WWI era adopted by the PPCLI as their march past.</span><span style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/2C10C2A9DF8247AF94FFBB9769FD0347.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/2C10C2A9DF8247AF94FFBB9769FD0347.ashx"></a></span><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="-/media/8D59579AC41F4685924DF52819AA3C7C.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/8D59579AC41F4685924DF52819AA3C7C.ashx?h=250&amp;w=350"></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span> <em></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><em><a href="-/media/EA09C545CA2E4A738CF5A11F090839B8.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/EA09C545CA2E4A738CF5A11F090839B8.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/EA09C545CA2E4A738CF5A11F090839B8.ashx?h=179&amp;w=250" style=";"></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="-/media/2E45A2E8C113497295C99D8205D52302.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/2E45A2E8C113497295C99D8205D52302.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/2E45A2E8C113497295C99D8205D52302.ashx?h=178&amp;w=250" style=";"></a></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><em></em></span><em>In 1914, the Pipes and Drums band joined the Princess Patricia&rsquo;s Canadian Light Infantry&nbsp;</em><em>to bring music to the battlefields.<br> </em></p> <p><span>This music piece was licensed to the Vimy Foundation for use on the app and it appears in &ldquo;The Battle&rdquo; menu within the story called &ldquo;Canadian Outpost Line.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The EPS Pipes and Drums became involved with the project through good fortune. In June 2021, the Vimy Foundation contacted Supt. Derek McIntyre, as part of a nation-wide search for recorded pipe band music matching the Battle at Vimy period and assist in telling the story of the PPCLI&rsquo;s efforts during the battle.</span></p> <p><span>Supt. McIntyre noted it was a substantial honour for the EPS Pipes and Drums to be involved with this project, as their request was easy to lend assistance to when considering the same values are shared amongst pipe band members, current and retired members of the EPS, other police agencies and the military.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Getting our role in the project across the finish line had some moving parts we as a band were unfamiliar on how to complete,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The broader EPS team got this work completed, on a tight timeline, and our music featured on the app is a testament to our organizational commitment to always remembering our strong military past and honouring those who paved the way to freedom for so many. We will remember them.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/076D660C5DE64433A2A035EE81A030F2.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/076D660C5DE64433A2A035EE81A030F2.ashx?h=276&amp;w=500"></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/D2AD8A1BF323482A86BF5C69DB319B4C.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/1D925635069E44FB81E78D2D80920C1A.ashx"><img alt="" height="276" width="501" src="-/media/1D925635069E44FB81E78D2D80920C1A.ashx?h=276&amp;w=501"></a></span><span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/1375D34B1D404BDE807DCBD2AA932E9D.ashx"><img alt="" height="281" width="499" src="-/media/1375D34B1D404BDE807DCBD2AA932E9D.ashx?h=281&amp;w=499"></a><br> <em><br> EPS Pipes and Drums band during their Winspear performance</em></span></p> <p><strong><span>Celebrating a milestone</span></strong></p> <p><span>This Remembrance Day, the EPS Pipes and Drums band is celebrating 60 years of public performances!</span></p> <p><span>Known as the Diamond Anniversary, on Nov. 11, 1962, the Pipes and Drums band gave its first performance at the Remembrance Day service in Edmonton. This was the first in a long history of tributes to our fallen soldiers as the pipe band has performed at every Remembrance Day service since.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Military history and honouring our soldiers is something our band keeps very close to our hearts,&rdquo; Supt. McIntyre said. &ldquo;We have performed locally, nationally and internationally to bring the gift of music to many events where the military is being honoured.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span><a href="">Vimy: A Living Memorial</a> can be downloaded on the app store.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>More information on the EPS Pipes and Drums band can be found by <a href="">clicking here</a>.</span></p> 10 May 2022 16:20:40 UT EPS releases 2021 Annual Report The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has published its 2021 Annual Report, providing Edmontonians with valuable information on the direction of the Service, statistical insight into crime and community safety, and highlights of the work by EPS members in serving the needs of the community. <p><span>With a mission <em>to be relentless on crime and a leading partner in building community safety,</em> the EPS recognizes the need to demonstrate a high level of transparency, share relevant safety information with the public and measure performance toward building a safer community for all, and <a href="-/media/2D2C8827DC8348EAB7D829CA9EAB8FB9.ashx"><strong>this report</strong></a>&nbsp;is one tool to support our mission.</span></p> <p><span>Over the last three years, Edmonton has experienced a 17% reduction in crime. The city&rsquo;s crime rate has historically been higher than the national average, but despite the effects of the pandemic, progress has been made in closing that gap. </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;This is the single largest decrease in crime Edmonton has experienced in recent years. While we cannot discount the pandemic&rsquo;s impacts, it is important to recognize how the dedication and work of our members and relationships with our community partners has helped to drive down crime, victimization, and repeat offenses in our city,&rdquo; says Chief of Police, Dale McFee.</span></p> <p><span>Central in achieving this reduction is the EPS&rsquo; approach of balancing support with enforcement. While the Community Safety and Well-being Bureau continues to build partnerships with the goal of diverting individuals from the justice system toward social supports, investigative innovations such as the creation of a dedicated Firearms Examinations Unit and participation in an Integrated Ballistics Identification System pilot project assist in addressing crime and victimization.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;The year ahead will bring more challenges for us to address, such as public safety in our downtown core and on the transit system,&rdquo; says Chief McFee. &ldquo;Partnership and collaboration will be crucial in creating long-term, sustainable solutions in these areas, and I very much look forward to working further with the Edmonton Police Commission, the City of Edmonton, the community, partners and many other stakeholders in effecting positive change for the safety and well-being of all Edmontonians.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The EPS&rsquo; goals and corresponding initiatives are identified in the </span><span><a href="-/media/D23BA98BE5334B55B27191F100E06E35.ashx">2020-2022 Strategic Plan</a></span><span>, while targeted outcomes are laid out in the </span><span><a href="-/media/ADD96B5150C64714815ECFCAEA2F0A26.ashx">2020-2022 Business Plan</a></span><span> along with allocation of resources and expected timelines.</span></p> 21 Apr 2022 21:13:58 UT EPS officers awarded for lifesaving efforts in same shift Earlier this year, several EPS officers were recognized for their outstanding service and contributions while in the line of duty. <p><span>Among those honoured for their actions in 2021 were Northeast Patrol Constables James Kendrick and&nbsp; Christy Debienne, receiving commendations for their lifesaving actions in separate incidences during the same shift.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Call to assist</span></strong></p> <p><span>In early March, Const. Kendrick and his partner Const. Christy Debienne responded to a call where a man was suffering severe blood loss.</span></p> <p><span>It was a whirlwind start to their night shift as the constables had just gotten into their cruiser before the call to &lsquo;assist EMS&rsquo; came in.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;We weren&rsquo;t even logged into the system before Const. Debienne said, &lsquo;We better go to this call,&rsquo;&rdquo; explained Const. Kendrick. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t really know what we were going into, but I did know that I needed to drive fast.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>First to arrive, they spotted the injured man in the doorway of the residence. They noticed occupants of the home were attempting to control the man&rsquo;s bleeding with towels; however, their attempts had a minimal effect.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;He was losing a life-threatening amount of blood,&rdquo; said Const. Kendrick, who determined that the man was likely suffering from a severe arterial bleed, having had personal experience sustaining a similar injury off-duty just two years earlier.</span></p> <p><span>Despite the chaotic surroundings, the officers jumped into action and engaged in lifesaving first-aid treatment.</span></p> <p><span>While Const. Debienne worked to control the wound and apply a tourniquet to the man&rsquo;s arm, Const. Kendrick spoke to the distressed man to help keep his upper body still, attempting to calm his agitated demeanor.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Christy was able to get the turn-key to latch just before EMS arrived,&rdquo; said Const. Kendrick.</span></p> <p><span>Several minutes later, while Const. Kendrick held tight to the tourniquet, the officers were loaded into the back of the ambulance to help transport the man to the hospital.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Time for a &ldquo;coffee break&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p><span>Approximately two and half hours later, Const. Kendrick found himself once again providing lifesaving measures, this time to an unresponsive man.</span></p> <p><span>After having cleaned up and changed from their first call of the night, the constables were ready to grab a coffee and recharge but decided first to take one more call on the board. They were investigating an unrelated incident at a Transit Centre when an individual drew their attention to a man lying on the platform.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;An individual had rushed up to say that a person had just dropped to the ground and was in medical distress,&rdquo; said Const. Kendrick, explaining it appeared the male was overdosing.</span></p> <p><span>Const. Kendrick assessed the man and noted he was unresponsive, showing no signs of a pulse or breath. The constable immediately initiated CPR and, after several compressions, restored and maintained a heartbeat and breathing until medical personnel arrived.</span></p> <p><strong><span>A job well done</span></strong></p> <p><span>&ldquo;James&rsquo; actions, along with Const. Debienne&rsquo;s, are examples of great bravery, dedication and commitment to the job,&rdquo; said Inspector Bechthold of Northeast Division. &ldquo;They acted on instinct, staying calm and level-headed, and shows how well-deserving they &ndash; along with their fellow officers &ndash; are of these commendations.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Although Const. Kendrick says it&rsquo;s nice to be recognized for a well-done job; he doesn&rsquo;t do this work for the awards.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I appreciate the recognition and am humbled to receive the commendations, but I signed up for this line of work,&rdquo; said the patrol officer, who spent three years working as an EPS warehouse tech before becoming a full-fledged sworn member.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;You learn pretty quickly that you have to be ready for the unexpected. I was fortunate enough to have Const. Debienne next to me &ndash; she is an amazing partner. We were met with a lot that night, and I know we had done a good job, but I honestly couldn&rsquo;t have done it and remained so calm without her.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;We are so proud of all of our EPS members. They are called into action at a moment&rsquo;s notice, and each one plays a significant part in keeping Edmonton safe through the work they do every day,&rdquo; said Superintendent Bart Lawczynski of Downtown and Northeast Division.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" height="667" width="500" src="-/media/F3A55AC6C96544CDA2302492AEED0C85.ashx?h=667&amp;w=500"></span></p> 13 Apr 2022 17:12:07 UT New Community Council Helping Police Change EPS has three new community councils to help guide systemic change, address emerging issues, and increase accountability to the city’s diverse communities. <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><br> &ldquo;We are proud to be moving forward with a new vision of community policing that will be more responsive to the voices of our representative communities,&rdquo; says Chief Dale McFee.&nbsp; &ldquo;The community is changing and so are their expectations of policing, but by recognizing their lived experiences and desire for change, we can create a more innovative and inclusive approach to public safety in Edmonton.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>A review of the former Chief&rsquo;s Advisory Council found that the model, which included eight community liaison committees, did not allow for meaningful collaboration and problem solving.&nbsp; These communities also expressed interest in being more involved, having a clearer purpose, and having more say in the issues affecting them.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/8F31AB68D11940B2A571E723FF4B90E3.ashx"><img alt="" height="423" width="600" src="-/media/8F31AB68D11940B2A571E723FF4B90E3.ashx?h=423&amp;w=600"></a><br> <em>Chief Dale McFee listens to the concerns of Zaki Hirabe, Co-Chair of the EPS Chief&rsquo;s Community Council.</em></p> <p><span>With calls for police reform in recent years and the launch of the EPS Commitment to Action in response, the police service created a new advisory council model to better engage with these communities, and to get them more involved in shaping community safety and well-being in our city.</span></p> <p><span>Three new community advisory councils were formed to support these efforts:&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0cm; list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span><strong><span>N&icirc;sohkam&acirc;kewin</span></strong></span><span><strong><span> Council</span></strong></span><span>&nbsp;&ndash; To help EPS with addressing the inequities and barriers Indigenous peoples face, and with implementing the policing recommendations from national reports such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.<br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <ul style="margin-top: 0cm; list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span><strong><span>Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Council</span></strong></span><span>&nbsp;&ndash; To guide EPS in supporting members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and with putting the EPS 2SLGBTQ+ Community Feedback Report into practice.&nbsp;<br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <ul style="margin-top: 0cm; list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span><strong><span>Chief&rsquo;s Community Council</span></strong></span><span>&nbsp;&ndash; To assist EPS in shaping policies and procedures related to all communities, and with applying the recommendations from the <a href="">EPS Commitment to Action Community Feedback Report</a>.<br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/54D4372A2F254BE8950168BD18A0A721.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/54D4372A2F254BE8950168BD18A0A721.ashx?h=392&amp;w=600"></a><br> </span><em>During the pandemic, council recruitment as well as meetings were moved online to keep the momentum going</em>.</p> <p><span>Despite the challenges of the pandemic, a robust recruiting process for the three councils began in 2021 and continued through 2022, and 40 individuals were selected representing a diverse range of voices, perspectives, and experiences from the community.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>With all three councils now in place, they will be working with police to ensure meaningful engagement, address systemic issues, and implement initiatives that make a positive difference in people&rsquo;s lives.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;EPS has a huge role to play in making systemic change and helping the community heal, and listening to the community will help bridge the communication gap and earn trust and respect,&rdquo; says Zaki Hirabe, Co-Chair of the Chief&rsquo;s Community Council.&nbsp; &ldquo;My goal is to bring the voices of the community and the youth forward, and having different voices within the councils from multiple fields, ages, genders and races can bring a lot of change if they are listened to and taken into consideration.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>For more information on the EPS community advisory councils, please visit </span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span><span>.&nbsp; </span></p> 05 Apr 2022 19:10:59 UT