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Edmonton Police Service
EPS LOgo.svg
Integrity • Courage • Community
Established 1892
Jurisdiction Municipal
Sworn 1550
Non-sworn 360
Chief Mike Boyd
Website http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/

Edmonton Police Service is responsible for policing in the City of Edmonton, Alberta.

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Organization

The current head of the EPS is Chief Mike Boyd, who was previously the interim Chief of the Toronto Police Service. Recruited by the Edmonton Police Commission to start his term in January 2006, Boyd replaces Acting Chief Darryl DaCosta.

Three deputy chiefs - Darryl da Costa, David Korol & Norm Lipinski heads up the Community Policing Bureau, Specialized Community Support Bureau and Corporate Services Bureau, respectively.

Operations

EPS is divided into sections:

  • Patrol Service Bureau
  • Investigative Service
  • Administrative Services


The city is divided into divisions for general patrol purposes:

  • North
  • Downtown
  • West
  • Southwest
  • Southeast
Edmonton Police Car

History

Edmonton's police dates back to 1892, well before the founding of the province.

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.

On October 1, 1912, Annie May Jackson was hired on as Edmonton's first female police officer, winning out over a field of 47 applicants.

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

Jim Dempsey Customer Service Award Essay for Excellence Beverly McLean Legacy Bursary Performance, Bravery and Life Saving Awards Long Service Medals (25 years) Police Exemplary Service Medal (20 years)

Police misconduct

On July 9th, 2008 two high ranking members of the Edmonton Police were found guilty of assaulting a homeowner and entering his home without a search warrant. Staff Sgt. Jamie Ewatski and Patrol Sgt. Giovanni Fiorilli were convicted of the assault, while a third officer was found not guilty. The judge deemed the officers had assaulted Mr. Dubois at least 3 different times during the ordeal. [1]. This conviction, however, was overturned by a higher court on appeal. The higher level appeal court judge found that the lower level judge had made a "palpable and overriding error".[2].

In June, 2006 an Edmonton police officer was alleged to have struck an unarmed and handcuffed woman in the head, resulting in her falling to the ground [3], leaving her bloodied and injured. A journalist witnessed the incident and said the woman was simply being escorted to a bus leaving the hockey game when she uttered something to the officer who then approached her, handcuffed her and struck the woman on the side of the head. An internal police investigation was ordered but no charges were laid.

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