Edmonton, Alberta – Edmontonians are invited to help celebrate the June 20, 1892 creation of the Edmonton Police Service.
Chief Rod Knecht, Councillor Scott McKeen and members and supporters of the EPS will come to City Hall to celebrate this occasion together with the EPS Honour Guard, the Pipes & Drums of the Edmonton Police Service and members of the EPS Historic Unit. Historic police uniforms will be on display in City Hall, and vintage police vehicles will be parked in the north breezeway. Later that evening, the High Level Bridge will be lit red and blue in honour of the landmark anniversary.
“Our police service got its start through a town council bylaw,” says Chief Rod Knecht. “So it’s fitting that we celebrate our official birthday at City Hall, a place that symbolizes the strong and positive relationship we have with our community.”
The official anniversary at City Hall is one of the many public activities planned to celebrate the EPS’ 125th anniversary in 2017, which include serving as Parade Marshal in the K-Days Parade on July 21 and a picnic at Borden Park on August 20.
EPS was created 125 years ago when Mayor Matthew McCauley issued Bylaw #15 on June 20, 1892, which allowed the municipality to appoint town constables to keep the peace. Since that time, EPS officers have been dedicated to protect, and proud to serve, the citizens of Edmonton. For more information on the history of the EPS, visit the website.
Edmonton Police Service
“Dedicated to Protect, Proud to Serve”