Media Releases https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/mediareleases.aspx Below is a listing of all EPS news releases. These releases are available for three months from the date of posting. <br /><br />To contact the EPS Corporate Communications, please phone (780) 421-3551. en 23 Feb 2020 04:30:45 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2020, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Suspects facing 100 charges in parkade break-and-enters https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/BEArrestFeb21 Brandon Okimaw, 25, and Caitlin Dvorak, 22, were arrested on Feb. 20, 2020 in relation to an extensive break-and-enter series. <p><span>The two suspects are alleged to be responsible for a spree that began on Jan. 13, 2020 and involved at least 15 break-and-enters to apartment and condo building parkades and two break-and-enters to businesses.<br> </span></p> <p><span>It was reported to police that the suspects would gain access to the underground parking garages before smashing vehicle windows and removing valuables found inside. In three instances, vehicles were also stolen, all three of which have since been recovered. <br> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Okimaw</span></strong><span> is facing 51 charges related to break-and-enter, while <strong>Dvorak</strong> faces 49 break-and-enter-related charges. </span></p> <p>The EPS sent out a previous <a href="https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/breakandentersuspects">news release</a> requesting public assistance to locate Okimaw and Dvorak on Feb. 14, 2020, when warrants were issued for their arrest.</p> <span><br> </span> 21 Feb 2020 21:45:54 UT Graduation ceremony for EPS Recruit Training Class 147 https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/GraduationceremonyforEPSRecruitTrainingClass147 The Edmonton Police Service's newest constables are graduating and joining the the ranks of those dedicated to serve and protect our city. <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" height="245" width="401" src="-/media/ACF0BCDC42BB4D9992B0809335DAACE0.ashx?h=245&amp;w=401"></span></p> <p><span>Having recently completed their EPS academic training, Recruit Training Class (RTC) 147 now moves into field training, where they will have an operational role supporting&nbsp;patrol divisions across the city.&nbsp; </span></p> <p>While many in the class have backgrounds in law enforcement, there are others who made significant career changes to pursue their dreams of becoming police officers.&nbsp;</p> <p>These include a former firefighter, a paramedic, helicopter pilot, soldier, construction manager, a systems analyst, an elementary school teacher, a stay-at-home mom, and an Edmonton Prospects pitcher, to name just a few.</p> <p>Their diverse skills, education, and life experiences will help EPS continue to serve our changing and growing community into the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>Graduating from RTC 147 are 27 EPS officers (17 male, 10 female), as well as one Lacombe Police Service officer (male) who trained with the EPS.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Members of the public are invited to attend the graduation ceremony where the new constables will be presented with their diplomas and recognition awards.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ceremony features a formal procession by the EPS Honour Guard, performances by the EPS Pipes and Drums and the EPS Chorus, flag and marching drills, and comments from EPS members and special guests.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participating in the graduation ceremony will be Chief of Police Dale McFee, Chief Lorne Blumhagen from the Lacombe Police Service, MLA Searle Turton, Mayor Don Iveson, and Edmonton Police Commission Chair Micki Ruth.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>EPS Graduation Ceremony<br> </span></strong><strong>Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m.<br> </strong><strong>Edmonton City Hall, City Room<br> </strong><strong>1 Sir Winston Churchill Square</strong></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/">www.joinEPS.ca</a>.</p> 21 Feb 2020 14:00:00 UT ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/ASIRTFeb20 At approximately 11:20 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, two Northwest Division officers were dispatched to a report of a carjacking in the area of 119 Street and 132 Avenue.&nbsp; <p><span style="color: #333333;">While the two officers were speaking with the complainant at a nearby location in the area of 120 Street and 134 Avenue, the suspect returned to the area with the allegedly stolen vehicle. <br><br>A confrontation occurred between the suspect and police, and one of the officers discharged their service weapon. The suspect then exited the vehicle, at which time the officers arrested him. The suspect was not injured and has been taken into custody.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333333;">No EPS officers were harmed during this incident.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333333;">The EPS will not be providing further comment, as the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has since taken the lead in this investigation.</span></p> 20 Feb 2020 23:55:09 UT Police seek public’s assistance locating missing male https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/missingpersonBEAUDIN-feb20 The Edmonton Police service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 52-year-old missing male. <p><strong>Charles Edward Beaudin, 52</strong>, was last seen in the Edmonton area on March 10, 2019. <strong>Beaudin&rsquo;s</strong> family has not heard from him in several months and as such, there are concerns for his well-being. Investigators do not have any reason to believe he has met with foul play.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <br> <strong>Beaudin</strong> weighs approximately 200lbs and stands 5&rsquo;8&rdquo;. He has black hair and brown eyes and is known to frequent the downtown core. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="-/media/A692F90458BD482096F1AE6425AE6BD1.ashx?h=600&amp;w=480" style=""><br> <strong>Missing Person: Charles Edward Beaudin, 52</strong></p> 20 Feb 2020 22:41:00 UT EPS shares results of months-long consultations with LGBTQ2S+ community https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/ReconciliationResults The Edmonton Police Service has completed its consultations with the community and its police members as part of the LGBTQ2S+ reconciliation initiative.&nbsp; <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rX5d9r6gP8I" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The consultations mainly took place between July and October 2019 and included one on one interviews, small group interviews, focus groups, online surveys and social media.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">“We received some very valuable feedback from the community and from our own members on how we can do better,” says Chief Dale McFee.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The feedback gathered internally and externally identified several gaps, and the EPS has identified some actions that aim to immediately strengthen and improve inclusivity, understanding, and communication with its own members and that of the LGBTQ2S+ community.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">“Two of the main areas that were identified as needing our focus are recruiting and training. This is where our priorities are right now with a number of short-term goals, some of which have already been implemented and are being worked on,” says Chief McFee.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The EPS will build on its current inclusivity and bias awareness training by developing a new LGBTQ2S+ Recruit Training Module that will be centred around historic trauma, understanding marginalization and connecting with people’s experiences.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">This comprehensive, mandatory professional development program for both sworn and civilian members will include participation from the external and internal LGBTQ2S+community.&nbsp; This training will leverage their experience and knowledge as part of the development and the delivery of the training, which is set to be piloted for the next recruit training class.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The Police Communications Branch will also undergo some changes in its inclusivity and bias awareness training. The first step in this process will be a review of the current training provided at hiring time, and the ongoing training members receive in inclusive language, identity and bias.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The LGBTQ2S+ community also expressed a desire and need to better understand what they can expect from police when attending an event and also how and why EPS responds to parades, protests and large public gatherings. In response to this, the EPS has created a Police Liaison Coordinator position in its Disaster and Emergency Operations section, who will work with the Inclusion and Equity Branch on providing communication and collaboration with community members around these events.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">“This is a major step to building trust,” says Chief McFee. “This is a tool to help those with traumatic and negative experiences understand and prepare for situations that will involve the police, and how the police will present themselves, and their role.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">Other short-term changes include: modification in FOIPP request language to be gender inclusive, adjustment in the Detainee Management Unit (DMU) intake process to allow for non-binary and trans identification, as well as safer options for alternate medical screening and detainment. Also, the EPS will be working in collaboration with external stakeholders to build a more specific inclusivity strategy in Recruiting Unit in response to the feedback that the LGBTQ2S+ community wants to see more of themselves reflected in their police service.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">The EPS has also developed long-term strategies around community participation, recruitment, training, accountability and leadership that will be rolled out over the next twelve months.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size: 12pt;">“This isn’t the end, but the beginning of our journey,” says Chief McFee. “We won’t always be perfect, we may make mistakes along the way, but this relationship is and will remain a priority for EPS.”</span></p> <p>The full reports are available for viewing at <span class="MsoHyperlink"><a href="http://www.epsinput.ca/">www.epsinput.ca</a>&nbsp;and the video is also available on the EPS YouTube channel&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX5d9r6gP8I" target="_blank">here</a>.</span></p> 20 Feb 2020 21:34:17 UT Police investigating death of male in west Edmonton https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/SuspDeathWestFeb19 The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the suspicious death of a male that occurred in west Edmonton late Tuesday evening. <p><span>Shortly before 11 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, a West Division patrol member was travelling along Stony Plain Road at 152 Street, when he located an injured male on the road. <br> <br> Police provided medical aid to the injured male prior to the arrival of EMS personnel. Paramedics then treated and transported the male to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. <br> <br> Homicide Section detectives have since taken over the investigation.</span><span> </span><span>The Edmonton Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy earlier today. The cause and manner of death are being withheld at this time. </span></p> <p><span>Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area or has information related to this investigation. <br> <br> Please contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250">www.p3tips.com/250</a></span><span>.</span></p> 19 Feb 2020 23:54:56 UT Police seek public's assistance locating suspect wanted for attempted murder, arson https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/assisttolocateassaultarsonFeb15 The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance locating a 33-year-old man believed to be connected to a violent assault and arson that took place earlier today. <p><span>At approximately 5:26 a.m. this morning, Feb. 15, 2020, EPS Northwest Division officers and Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to the report of a dispute and a fire at a residence in the area of 121 Avenue and 102 Street.</span></p> <p><span>It was reported to police that a male entered a residence in the area and assaulted two females. He then reportedly lit the house on fire and fled the area on foot.</span></p> <p><span>The two females, aged 31 and 72, were able to escape the home. EMS then treated and transported them to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They remain in hospital at this time.</span></p> <p><span>Investigators continue to search for the suspect male, identified as <strong>Jade Boskoyous, 33,</strong> and have issued several province-wide warrants for his arrest including, <em>attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon </em>and<em> arson.</em>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Boskoyous</span></strong><span> is believed to be violent and dangerous and detectives are releasing his photo in an attempt to locate him.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span><img alt="" src="-/media/CE6B1F5AB9B846A7A1C5873867C728D3.ashx?h=246&amp;w=200" style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="-/media/030B7A76919043E0A12EFB04C5C05F4D.ashx?h=250&amp;w=200" style=""></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Assist to locate: Jade Boskoyous, 33</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Boskoyous </span></strong><span>is described as 5&rsquo;9&rdquo; tall with a medium build and dark hair.</span></p> <p><span>Officers believe that <strong>Boskoyous </strong>and the two females are known to one another and that this is a domestic violence related incident.</span></p> <p><span>Detectives continue to investigate. There is no additional information available for release.</span></p> <p><span>Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of </span><strong><span>Boskoyous </span></strong><span>is advised to not approach him and immediately call EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250">www.p3tips.com/250</a></span><span>.</span></p> 16 Feb 2020 03:50:00 UT Police lay charge in central Edmonton homicide https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/Feb12deathcharges The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 33-year-old man in relation to the death of a woman in central Edmonton this week. <p><span>At approximately 11:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Downtown Division officers were called to the report of a stabbing at a shopping centre parkade in the area of 102 Avenue and 101 Street.</span></p> <p><span>Upon arrival, officers found an injured 33-year-old female identified as <strong>Sheri Lynn Gauthier</strong>.</span></p> <p><span>EMS responded, treated and transported <strong>Gauthier</strong> to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.</span></p> <p><span>An autopsy completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office this morning, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, determined that <strong>Gauthier</strong> died from sharp force injuries and the manner of death is homicide.</span></p> <p><span>A male suspect, identified as <strong>Elliot Tyler McLeod, 33</strong>, was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.&nbsp; Following investigation by the EPS Homicide Section, <strong>McLeod</strong> has been charged with <em>second degree murder.</em></span></p> <p><span>Police are not seeking any additional suspects.</span></p> <p><span>There is no additional information available for release.</span></p> 14 Feb 2020 22:50:00 UT EPS issues multiple warrants for arrest of prolific B&E suspects   https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/breakandentersuspects The Edmonton Police Service has issued multiple warrants for the arrest of two suspects in connection to a month-long B&amp;E series that has impacted residents across the city. <p><span>Northeast Division investigators issued warrants containing more than 90 charges earlier this afternoon for <strong>Brandon Okimaw, 25, </strong>and <strong>Caitlin Dvorak, 22, both of Edmonton. </strong>The two suspects are believed to be responsible for a spree of at least 15 break and enters to apartment/condo building parking garages and two businesses that commenced back on Jan. 13, 2020.<br /> <br /> It was reported to police that the suspects would gain access to the underground parking garages, before smashing vehicle windows and making off with various valuables found inside. In three instances, vehicles were also stolen, all three of which have since been recovered. <br /> <br /> <strong>Brandon Okimaw, 25,</strong> is facing 48 B&amp;E-related charges, while <strong>Caitlin Dvorak, 22, </strong>is facing 40 B&amp;E-related charges.<br /> </span><span style="color: black;"><br /> </span>Police encourage anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of <strong>Brandon Okimaw </strong>and <strong>Caitlin Dvorak</strong> to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at <a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250">www.p3tips.com/250</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem; color: black;"><span style="color: #333333;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></strong>&nbsp;</p> (Photos removed as suspects have been located.) 14 Feb 2020 22:06:55 UT Business, staff fined for selling cannabis products without a licence https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/VapeShopFeb13 A vape shop is facing fines related to the sale of illegal cannabis products. <p><span>In December 2019, the Edmonton Police Service conducted an investigation into a vape shop in the area of 118 Avenue and 95A Street known to be selling cannabis products without the required municipal and provincial licences.<br> </span></p> <p><span>On February 12, 2020, the EPS issued four violation tickets to the vape shop for <em>storing cannabis for sale </em>(x2), and <em>directly or indirectly selling or offering to sell cannabis </em>(x2)<em> </em>under the provincial<em> Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act</em>. At $50,000 per ticket, the shop faces a combined total of $200,000 in provincial fines.</span></p> <p><span>Further, store owner <strong>Alfonso Potestio, 35</strong>, and employee <strong>Megan Schultz, 23</strong> are each facing charges of <em>unlawfully possess cannabis for purpose of sale</em> (x2) and <em>unlawfully sell cannabis to an individual over 18 years of age </em>(x2)<em> </em>under the federal <em>Cannabis Act</em>.</span></p> <p><span>The shop was previously issued bylaw tickets for operating a cannabis business without a licence in August 2019, and the EPS is submitting a business licence review to the City of Edmonton.</span></p> <p><span>“A legal market is a safer market, and it’s our job to enforce the laws that ensure the safe and regulated sale of cannabis,” says Const. Dexx Williams, EPS Cannabis Liaison. “We want to remind the public that if you’re selling any cannabis products without a licence, businesses can be fined up to $50,000, and individuals can face a fine of up to $10,000.”</span></p> <p><span>To find licensed cannabis retailers, citizens should visit </span><span><a href="https://aglc.ca/cannabis/retail-cannabis/cannabis-licensee-search">https://aglc.ca/cannabis/retail-cannabis/cannabis-licensee-search</a></span><span style="color: #1f497d;">. </span></p> 13 Feb 2020 22:37:38 UT