Ask Me About the Budget: Session 5 with Edmonton Police Service

Ask Me About the Budget: Session 5 with Edmonton Police Service

Now is your chance to ask one or more of Edmonton’s senior managers about the City budget, and the programs and services the City provides.

Do you have questions about how the police commission manages the budget for community policing, crime prevention and victim support? Post your questions here, and on Wednesday, November 25, we’ll have senior officers from the Edmonton Police Service answering those questions live during one in a series of “Ask Me About the Budget” sessions. This is the fifth in a series of five sessions on the budget.

November 25, 2015, noon-1pm. Ask Me About the Budget: Session 5 with Edmonton Police Service

The Edmonton Police Service focuses its efforts on a four-part policing mandate: prevent crime, enforce the laws, address matters of public safety and maintain social order. The police service strives to achieve this within a city that continues to experience tremendous growth but still requires the same levels of service for all its citizens.  EPS  relies on statistical and criminal analysis and modelling to determine what resources are necessary to react to evolving criminal and societal trends.

Answering your questions about this part of the City’s work will be Deputy Chief Danielle Campbell.

Answering your questions about this part of the City’s work will be Deputy Chief Danielle Campbell.

You can check out the City’s proposed budgets in a number of different forms:

Submit your questions on this blog, now and in the days to come for the Edmonton Police Service. We’ll be publishing the questions and posting live responses during the lunch hour on November 25, 2015. Join us then for a live, interactive question and answer session.

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11 Comments
  1. Daniel
    2 years ago

    The City posts on the website locations for photo radar traps. Why? I think it would be better for enforcement if you don’t tell speeders? Also, how much of the money from fines goes to police?

  2. Thomas J
    2 years ago

    If the City budget is so tight, why don’t you ground the Police helicopter and use the operating costs for officers on the ground? How many positions could you get in equivalent operating costs for the chopper?

  3. Mina
    2 years ago

    Will you build a community police station in Summerside area? Also why are there 2 police officers in a neighbourhood patrol car? Why not have just 1 and you can cover more area?

  4. City of Edmonton
    2 years ago

    Welcome to the final instalment in a series of five sessions we’re holding on the City’s budget and the programs and services the City provides. We are holding these live blogging sessions as part of the public discussions we are having on the proposed 2016-18 Operating and Utilities budgets. City Council will be making decisions on those budgets at the end of November and beginning of December. This is one opportunity we are providing for concerned residents to ask your questions or express your thoughts about the City’s financial priorities.

    With us today is a senior officer with the Edmonton Police: Danielle Campbell, who is a Deputy Chief of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

    Danielle is here for the next hour to answer questions you may have about how EPS manages preventing crime, enforcing laws, addressing matters of public safety and maintaining social order.

    Here’s how our live blog session works. You can ask your questions by commenting on this blog post. We’ll take a look at your question and then prepare an answer for you right away. We’ll take as many questions as we can over the next hour. Any questions we don’t get to, we’ll do our best to answer them in the next little while.

    So get ready to ask your questions for today’s Ask Me About the Budget: Session 5 with Deputy Chief Danielle Campbell.

  5. Danielle Campbell
    2 years ago

    Hi Thomas, if we were to ground the helicopter, the savings would fund approximately seven new police officers. In a 24/7 operation, this equates to fewer than two additional officers on the street at any given time. The efficiencies and the coverage helicopters can provide is far more than what these new officers could ever do. For example, the helicopter can follow a fleeing vehicle, allowing police officers on the ground to respond to other calls. In addition, because no police cars are following the fleeing vehicle, the suspects will typically slow down and drive at a normal rate of speed. This results in Edmonton’s streets being safer. Our two helicopters are on pace for a second consecutive year of redirecting over 1,728 ground units. As of October 21,2015, Air1/Air2 have intervened in 82 criminal flights which already exceeded 2013’s all-time high of 75. Air1/Air2 have also plucked a number of citizens out of dangerous situations on the river, and provided aerial views of major fires to Edmonton Fire Rescue Services enhancing their safety and ability to control the fires.
    Check out the helicopter FAQ.

  6. Danielle Campbell
    2 years ago

    Hi Mina. At this time, there are no plans to build a community police station in Summerside (south of Ellerslie/91 Street area). To clarify, a community police station is a small, local facility that only houses a few police officers. Summerside is served by police officers from the Southeast Division Station, which is located at Youville Drive and 28th Avenue. The attached map shows our existing divisional boundaries and locations of all of our stations. As the City grows, EPS will continue to examine its divisional boundaries for future development of additional divisional stations.

    Regarding your second question, we use two-person cars to respond to more serious incidents (i.e. weapons complaint in progress). This is for officer safety reasons and for immediate response to a high-risk, life-threatening event. It is also a requirement of the collective agreement with the Edmonton Police Association and the City of Edmonton that no less than 40 per cent of our cars have two persons in them.

  7. Danielle Campbell
    2 years ago

    Hi Daniel. Photo radar is handled by the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety, and not by the Edmonton Police Service. Office of Traffic Safety has answered your question: We are obligated to post the automated-enforcement locations because it is provincially legislated according to the Alberta Automated Traffic Enforcement Guidelines. That is OK with us. Our primary goal is for people to slow down and obey speed limits for the safety of everyone who uses the roads. The fine revenues from photo radar goes into a Traffic Safety and Automated Enforcement Reserve. A portion of these funds – $18.8 Million in 2015 – went to the Edmonton Police Service.

  8. Danielle Campbell
    2 years ago

    Did you know, the Edmonton Police Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of women serving in the Edmonton Police Service in 2012? Annie Jackson was the first female police officer in Canada and served with EPS.

    Did you know that the Edmonton Police Service will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017?

    Did you know the first Aboriginal police officer in Canada was hired by the Edmonton Police Service? His name was Alex Decoteau. He is featured in the EPS comic book, Legacy of Heroes. He was also an Olympian and a war hero.

  9. Danielle Campbell
    2 years ago

    Did you know that you can report certain kinds of crime online using EPS online crime reporting? For the types of crime you can report online, follow the link.

    Did you know, in our last citizen satisfaction survey, 93% of respondents said they were confident in the abilities of the Edmonton Police Service?

    Did you know the Edmonton Police Service is hiring and would welcome applicants from all communities? If you’ve always wanted to be a police officer, if you are committed to your community and you want to make a difference, if you can embrace change and are a critical thinker, we want to hear from you! Please visit joineps.ca

  10. City of Edmonton
    2 years ago

    That’s all the time we have for today everyone. Thank you for tuning in and asking such great questions! This session has helped us learn more about your priorities for the budget, and we hope you learned a lot about some of services and programs the City provides for you and your neighbours.

    Again, we apologize if we didn’t get to your question. We will do our best to get it answered and posted here as soon as we can.

    Answering your questions today was Danielle Campbell, who is a Deputy Chief with the Edmonton Police Service.

    Thank you again for participating and don’t forget to check out the blogs of the previous sessions if you missed them. Have a great day!

  11. Anita Tuharsky
    2 years ago

    Do you have an Aboriginal Program? Do you have an Aboriginal Liaison Program? Are you looking for Aboriginal volunteers and if yea, who do they contact .

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