Edmonton Police Service

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The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is the municipal police force for the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The current chief of the EPS is Dale McFee.

Edmonton Police Service
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AbbreviationEPS
MottoIntegrity • Courage • Community
Agency overview
FormedJune 20, 1892
Annual budget$362 million (2019)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Size685.25 square kilometres (264.58 sq mi)[2]
Population932,546 (2016)[2]
Legal jurisdictionMunicipal
Operational structure
Headquarters9620 103A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T5H 0H7
Sworn members~1,780
Unsworn members~720
Elected officer responsible
  • The Honourable Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Agency executive
Facilities
Stations15
Website
www.edmontonpolice.ca

The service has three deputy chiefs – two sworn members and a civilian member. Chad Tawfik is responsible for the Corporate Services Bureau, Kevin Brezinski runs the Intelligence and Investigations Bureau, and Darren Derko heads the community policing bureau.[3]

Operational structureEdit

 
A Ford Interceptor Utility at EPS HQ

The EPS is divided into Six bureaus:

  • Community Policing Bureaus
  • North Bureau & South Bureau
  • Intelligence and Investigations Bureau
  • Corporate Services Bureau
  • Community Safety and Well-Being Bureau
  • Innovation and Technology Bureau

PatrolEdit

The city is divided into divisions for general patrol purposes:

  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Downtown
  • West
  • Southwest
  • Southeast

Each division is separated into four smaller districts to allow for better deployment of resources. The majority of police officers of the Edmonton Police Service serve within the community policing bureau as patrol constables, sergeants, detectives, or staff sergeants.

Officers of the Edmonton Police Service have the highest first year constable salaries in Canada[citation needed] at a minimum of $71,195 per annum (or $34.09 an hour), EPS officers who work a shift where half or more of that shift falls between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight receive an extra $1.10 an hour. EPS officers who work a shift where half or more of that shift falls between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m. receive an extra $1.20 an hour, increasing the minimum hourly rate for first year constables to $30.47 or about $63,621.00 per annum. Special event policing pays $93.89 an hour. Sergeants and detectives are paid a minimum $120,742.00 per annum, or about $57.82 an hour, and staff sergeants are paid a minimum $132,816.00 per annum, or about $63.60 an hour.[4]

Criminal investigationsEdit

Within the specialized community support bureau – criminal investigations division, the major crimes branch is divided into economic crimes, homicide and robbery. These areas are primarily made up of detectives and staff sergeants. The serious crimes area deals with sexual assault, child protection, and vice. These areas are also made up of detectives and staff sergeants. The Edmonton Police Service is also a member of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams.

Guard of Honour and Historical UnitEdit

The EPS Guard of Honour and Historical Unit is a special unit of the EPS composed of dedicated policemen who serve as professional ambassadors of the City of Edmonton to the public. It was introduced to the EPS in 1998, and has provided consistent protocol demonstrations at events such as:

  • Remembrance Day parade
  • EPS Awards Day
  • EPS graduations
  • Dignitary escorts
  • Police officer funerals and memorials

The historical unit ceremonially represents the EPS at its various historical events. The uniform that is worn is a replica of the EPS uniform worn in the early 1900s.[5]

Pipe BandEdit

 
PPCLI parading with the pipes and drums at its head, July 1917.
 
The band at the Alberta Legislature Building in May 2010.

The Edmonton Police Service Pipe Band was formed in 1914, although it was immediately dissolved at the start of the First World War, with its musicians being transferred to the Canadian Army to join Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and lead the regiment into battle. Members of the pipe band also served as stretcher bearers for the regiment for the duration of the war during the war. The Pipes and Drums of the EPS were re-founded in 1961, and as a result of this historical arrangement, the band has grown closer with the PPCLI unlike other police bands. The band was first invited to play at the PPCLI beating retreat ceremony in 1964 and then at the regimental trooping of the colour in 1967.[6] Today, it is the only non-military civilian band within the Commonwealth to wear the badges of three Canadian regiments: the PPCLI, the Canadian Airborne Regiment and The Loyal Edmonton Regiment.[7] While serving as a public relations tool for the EPS, it still performs alongside the regiments today during public events in Edmonton.[8]

Equipment and vehicle fleetEdit

Road vehiclesEdit

Each marked vehicle has the Whelen Legacy lightbar, (excluding the Ford Interceptor Sedans that are equipped with LED X light bars and some Code 3 sirens. The EPS uses the D&R RDS 16 siren in the majority of their fleet, as well as the howler brand.

AircraftEdit

Rank insigniaEdit

Ranks Chief of police Deputy chief Superintendent Inspector Corps sergeant major Staff sergeant Sergeant Senior constable Constable
Insignia No insignia available No insignia

HistoryEdit

Policing in Edmonton dates back to 1892, well before the founding of the province. That was when a town police force took over duties formerly served by the North West Mounted Police.

On July 27, 1892, P.D. Campbell was the first police officer hired by the town of Edmonton. Aside from dealing with law enforcement issues, Campbell was also Edmonton's health and licence inspector.[12]

In 1911, Alex Decoteau was hired by the Edmonton Police Department. He was the first full-blooded aboriginal to be hired by a police department in Canada.[13]

On October 1, 1912, Annie May Jackson was hired as a police officer. She was the first woman constable in Canada, serving from 1912 to 1918.[14]

Edmonton police officers used an airplane to pursue a criminal in 1919. This was the first time a Canadian police service used this technology in a pursuit. Former WWI ace Wop May flew an airplane to assist the successful pursuit and capture of John Larsen, murderer of Edmonton constable William Nixon.[15][16]

Policing changesEdit

During the sixth decade of policing, from 1942 to 1952, the department continued to grow.

In 1943, the Neighbourhood Police Force was seen policing Edmonton's streets. An Edmonton police officer was paired up with an American military police officer to patrol because there were many Americans in Edmonton at the time. After 18 months, it was discontinued when there was no longer a need for it.[13]

Recruit trainingEdit

In 1947, formal recruit training was introduced. Prior to the formal training, officers were sent to the streets with minimal instruction. After six months of training in 1949, 15 officers graduated.[13]

In 1951, the department recruited in Scotland and Ireland after struggling to meet recruit demands.[12]

In 1955, basic training class number one graduated, with 28 members completing the course.[12]

Edmonton Police's pipe band, which had formed in 1914, halted because of the war. It re-emerged in 1959 and became a visible public relations tool still performing today.

Edmonton's growthEdit

In the 1960s, the towns of Beverly and Edmonton joined and the Jasper Place Police Department joined forces with the Edmonton Police Department, adding the population of Jasper Place to Edmonton.[12]

Sarge, a dog, officially joined the department in 1963. The dog squad grew, and a kennel and training ground were opened by the municipal airport in 1974. The location is the same, and is named after Sarge's owner, Val Vallevand.[13]

In 2021, a new training facility and divisional station opened at 18412 127 Street.

AwardsEdit

Each year the Edmonton Police Service honours individuals for their service through a number of awards or medals including:

  • Award of Merit
  • Medal of Valour and Medal of Honour
  • Exemplary Tactics
  • Jim Dempsey Service Award
  • Commendations including: Bravery; Lifesaving; Exceptional Police Investigations; Exceptional Performance; Outstanding Work in the Community; Outstanding Contribution to Police Work; Innovation; and Problem Solving.
  • Long Service Medals (25 years)
  • Police Exemplary Service Medal (20 years)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Riebe, Natasha (December 5, 2018). "Edmonton police get $75M boost over four years". CBC/Radio-Canada. CBC News. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Edmonton, City [Census subdivision], Alberta and Division No. 11, Census division [Census division], Alberta". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "EPS Leadership". www.edmontonpolice.ca.
  4. ^ "EPS Salary". Edmonton Police Service. Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Guard of Honour and Historical Unit". Edmonton Police Service. Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  6. ^ ""Play the battalion into France and back."". cmhslivinghistory.org. Canadian Military Heritage Society. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Military Connections". epspipeband.ca. Pipes & Drums of the Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "100th Anniversary PPCLI". epspipeband.ca. Pipes & Drums of the Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ Wakefield, Jonny (2017-05-29). "Edmonton police fleet almost all SUVs as last Crown Victorias age out". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  10. ^ "Flight Operations - The Helicopter". Edmonton Police Service. Edmonton Police Service. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Wakefield, Jonny (February 23, 2018). "New Edmonton police helicopter can fly faster, longer than its predecessor". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d Montgomery, Kenneth (1982). Pride in the past, 1894-1982. Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Police Service. ISBN 9780969113409.
  13. ^ a b c d Mair, Alex (1992). E.P.S. : the first 100 years : a history of the Edmonton Police Service. Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Police Service. ISBN 9781550562040.
  14. ^ Donaghey, Sam (1972). A history of the City of Edmonton Police Department; blue, red and gold, 1892-1972. Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Police Service. OCLC 464867871.
  15. ^ "Edmonton police release comic book chronicling first aircraft used by Canadian cops in a criminal pursuit | Edmonton Sun".
  16. ^ "Sergeant William Leslie Nixon".

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