Calgary Police Service

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Calgary Police Service
Calgary Police Service.svg
Logo of the Calgary Police Service.
Motto Vigilance • Courage • Pride
Agency overview
Formed 1885
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Municipal
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 5111 47th Street NE

Calgary, Alberta

Sworn members 2000
Unsworn members 1000
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Agency executive Paul Cook, Chief of Police
Stations 8
Members of the Mounted Unit of the Calgary Police Service on duty at Olympic Plaza
Calgary police on patrol
Calgary police vehicle

Calgary Police Service, formed in 1885, is the municipal police force for the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is led by Interim Chief Paul Cook.[1]


The current head of the CPS is Interim Chief Paul Cook; pending a permanent Chief to be selected by the board. Other notable chiefs include Christine Silverberg, the first female police chief in Canada. The force was founded on February 7, 1885.[2] The first chief was Jack Ingram and he supervised two other constables.[3]

CPS is divided into sections:

  • Administration
  • Community and Youth Services
  • Human Resources
  • Investigation Support
  • Organized Crime Control
  • Community Liaison
  • Professional Standards
  • Support
  • Traffic Services
  • Major Crimes
  • Information Communication Technology Section
  • Criminal Operations
  • Fleet and Facilities
  • Operations Audit
  • Chief Crowfoot Learning Center
  • Finance
  • Real Time Operations Center (RTOC)

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.[4]

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.[5]

For a recruit application today, the Calgary Police Service has reinstated the requirement to have Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status.[6]

Rank Structure[edit]

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.

Fatalities in the Line of Duty[edit]

Since its creation the CPS has lost eleven officers in the line of duty.[7]

  • 1917 - Constable Arthur Duncan (shot in jaw and chest)
  • 1933 - Inspector Joe Carruthers (shot in chest)
  • 1941 - Constable Wilf Cox (motorcycle accident)
  • 1957 - Constable Ken Delmage (motorcycle collision with vehicle)
  • 1974 - Detective Boyd Davidson (shot in neck)
  • 1976 - Staff Sgt. Keith Harrison (shot in stomach)
  • 1977 - Constable Bill Shelever (shot in head)
  • 1992 - Constable Rob Vanderwiel (shot in neck)
  • 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)


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 licence plate sticker.

2013 flood[edit]

Main article: 2013 Alberta floods

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.[9] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated four people may have drowned near High River.[10] Over 100,000 people have been displaced throughout the region.[11]

Calgary Police’s Twitter account was locked when it reached its daily limit.[12]

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