Calgary Police Service

Calgary Police Service (CPS) is the municipal police service of the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is the largest municipal police service in Alberta and third largest municipal force in Canada behind Toronto Police Service and Montreal Police Service.

Calgary Police Service
MottoVigilance, courage, pride
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdictionMunicipal area of Calgary, Alberta
Operational structure
Headquarters5111 47th Street NE
Sworn members2200
Unsworn members650
Elected officer responsible
  • The Honourable Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Agency executive
Stations8 (excluding headquarters)


The CPS was founded on February 7, 1885.[1] The first chief was Jack Ingram, who supervised two constables.[2] Past chiefs include Christine Silverberg, the first female police chief in Canada.


Members of the Mounted Unit of the Calgary Police Service on duty at Olympic Plaza on horses.

CPS is divided into the following sections:

  • Administration
  • Chief Crowfoot Learning Center
  • Community and youth services
  • Community liaison
  • Criminal operations
  • Finance
  • Fleet and facilities
  • Human resources
  • Information communication technology section
  • Investigation support
  • Major crimes
  • Operations audit
  • Organized crime control
  • Professional standards
  • Real time operations center (RTOC)
  • Support
  • Traffic services

Ranks and insigniaEdit

Rank Chief Deputy chief Superintendent Inspector Regimental sergeant major Staff sergeant Sergeant Senior constable level 2 Senior constable level 1 Constable (classes 1 to 5) Auxiliary (non-sworn)
Insignia No insignia No insignia
Slip-on Slip-on Slip-on Slip-on Arm patch Arm patch Arm patch Arm patch Arm patch


CPS Ford Police Interceptor Utility
CPS Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Most vehicles used by Calgary Police Service are imported from the United States and use the black and white colour scheme common of police vehicles in the United States, due to the increased recognition of this colour scheme as used by police.

Vehicles currently in use include:

HAWCS UnitEdit

In 1993, as a direct result of the hit and run death of Constable Rick Sonnenberg, the Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (HAWCS unit) was created, and the Calgary Police Service became the first law enforcement agency in Canada to incorporate the use of air support into its routine operations. In 2006, the unit was expanded when a second helicopter was purchased.[6]

Fatalities in the line of dutyEdit

Since its creation the CPS has lost twelve officers in the line of duty.[7]

  • 1917 – Constable Arthur Duncan (gunfire)
  • 1933 – Inspector Joe Carruthers (gunfire)
  • 1941 – Constable Wilf Cox (motorcycle collision)
  • 1957 – Constable Ken Delmage (motorcycle collision)
  • 1974 – Detective Boyd Davidson (gunfire)
  • 1976 – Staff Sgt. Keith Harrison (gunfire)
  • 1977 – Constable Bill Shelever (gunfire)
  • 1992 – Constable Rob Vanderwiel (gunfire)
  • 1993 – Constable Rick Sonnenberg (hit while attempting to stop stolen vehicle)
  • 2000 – Constable John Petropoulos (injuries sustained in fall)
  • 2001 – Constable Darren Beatty (injuries sustained during training exercise)
  • 2020 - Sergeant Andrew Harnett (hit while performing traffic stop)

Crime statisticsEdit

CPS officers on foot patrol

The Calgary census metropolitan area (CMA) had a crime severity index of 60.4 in 2013, which is lower than the national average of 68.7.[8] A slight majority of the other CMAs in Canada had crime severity indexes greater than Calgary's 60.4.[8] Calgary had the sixth-highest number of homicides in 2013, with 24 homicides recorded.[8]

International recruitment periodEdit

A regional shortage of police recruits had previously led the Calgary Police Service to recruit officers from other international forces, especially the UK. To facilitate this, Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status was temporarily removed as a requirement to apply, though a successful application from foreigners was dependent on previous police experience.[9]

As of 2017, Calgary Police Service has reinstated the requirement to have Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ward, Tom (1975). Cowtown : an album of early Calgary. Calgary: City of Calgary Electric System, McClelland and Stewart West. p. 274. ISBN 0-7712-1012-4. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. ^ Shiels, Bob (1974). Calgary : a not too solemn look at Calgary's first 100 years. Calgary: The Calgary Herald. p. 119. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  3. ^ "Calgary police augmenting motorcycle fleet with sportier models | Calgary Herald". May 6, 2017. Retrieved Nov 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "2015 Harley-Davidson® FLHTP Electra Glide® Police" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Service, Calgary Police (24 January 2013). "Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety HAWCS".
  6. ^ "HAWCS: Calgary's Eye in the Sky". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  7. ^ Service, Calgary Police (24 January 2013). "Welcome".
  8. ^ a b c Jillian Boyce; Adam Cotter & Samuel Perreault (July 23, 2014). "Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2013" (PDF). Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. pp. 13 & 30. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Service, Calgary Police (24 January 2013). "Welcome".
  10. ^

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