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Calgary Police Service, CPS, formed in 1885, is the municipal police force for the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary Police Service Wikipedia
The force was founded on February 7, 1885. The first chief was Jack Ingram, who supervised two constables. Past chiefs include Christine Silverberg, the first female police chief in Canada. The current head of the CPS is Chief Roger Chaffin.
CPS is divided into sections:Administration
Chief Crowfoot Learning Center
Community and Youth Services
Fleet and Facilities
Information Communication Technology Section
Organized Crime Control
Real Time Operations Center (RTOC)
In 1993, as a direct result of the hit and run death of Constable Rick Sonnenberg, the Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety, or 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.
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 wasn't a pre-requisite to apply, though a successful application was hinged on previous police experience.
For a recruit application today, the Calgary Police Service has reinstated the requirement to have Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status.
The Service also employs Community Peace Officers. These officers are not police officers, however have limited provincial statute authority. Some are uniformed and operate the photo radar and CPS internal tow service. Others are not uniformed and work in administrative duties involving limited investigations.
Since its creation the CPS has lost eleven officers in the line of duty.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)
Dodge Charger (LX), Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility, Ford F-150, and Ford Taurus Interceptor Sedan, for patrol officers
Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Charger, Dodge Ram, Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Explorer and Ford F-150 as unmarked traffic units
Chevrolet Silverado HD, and Ford F-350 as truck units
Chevrolet Express, Ford E-Series and Ford Transit vans for suspect transport and general patrol
Unmarked units typically use black painted steel wheels with centre caps, except the unmarked Dodge Grand Caravan and 2012 Dodge Charger which have factory alloy wheels. Unmarked Ford F-150 units typically have silver coloured 'headache racks'. Unmarked Ford Explorer is black with tinted windows. Unmarked Dodge Ram 1500 has a tool box in the truck bed. Unmarked vehicles never have any dealer decals of any type, and have a black fleet license plate sticker.Chevrolet Suburban Police Package, Ford Excursion, Ford F-250, and Mercedes Sprinter used as unmarked units for the tactical team
Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Crown Victoria, and GMC Yukon used for K9 officers
Armet Balkan MK7 used as a heavily armoured vehicle for the tactical team
Freightliner M2 106 mobile command vehicle
Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, and Ford F-150 unmarked photo radar multi-nova units
Eurocopter EC120B - HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) units HAWC1 and HAWC2
MD Helicopters MD 520N - former HAWC unit, no longer in use
Harley-Davidson FLHTP motorcycle unit
Hummer H2 & H3 for PR and recruiting
Smart Fortwo for the youth education program
In June 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding throughout much of the southern half of the province along the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, Oldman, and Red Deer rivers and tributaries. Twenty-four municipalities declared local states of emergency as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated four people may have drowned near High River. Over 100,000 people have been displaced throughout the region.
Calgary Police’s Twitter account was locked when it reached its daily limit.
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. A slight majority of the other CMAs in Canada had crime severity indexes greater than Calgary's 60.4. Calgary had the sixth-most homicides in 2013 at 24.