Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 20, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Edmonton Police Service was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018):
- Edmonton Police Service helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- and provides retirement planning assistance, as well as phased-in work options for those nearing retirement
- Employees working at Edmonton Police Service's head office can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a nap room, a cafeteria with healthy menus, and free access to an onsite gym, featuring a variety of exercise equipment, a basketball court, yoga and spinning classes
- As part of the organization's health benefits plan, Edmonton Police Service offers a health spending account, allowing employees to top up coverage to suit their personal needs (ranging from $500 to $710 per year)
Community is key at Edmonton Police Service
When Jacob Montgomery was in the military and thinking about switching to a career in policing, he liked what he heard about the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). "It has a reputation for being innovative and connected to the community, with an emphasis on fitness," he says. "I wanted to work for the best."
Twelve years later, he's now Sergeant Montgomery and has moved from vehicle and foot patrols to an administrative job with the Investigation Management and Approval Centre, which allows him to spend more time with his young family.
"The EPS is very aware of work-life balance and accommodating our personal needs," he says. "The desk job has taken some getting used to but I'm learning new skills. There are many opportunities for different types of career advancement if you're interested."
"Developing all employees to their highest potential is a priority at the EPS," says Superintendent Denis Jubinville, a 25-year veteran of the service who's now in charge of human resources. "Every employee prepares an annual development plan, and we offer classroom learning, on-the-job training and external educational opportunities."
The EPS also makes an effort to understand and support its employees' mental and physical health, through a variety of programs including the Critical Incident Stress Management initiative, which helps officers who have been involved in critical situations, and the Road to Mental Readiness program, which addresses the mental well-being of employees.
The EPS focus on its people includes all employees, not only police officers. "I've been a civilian member of the service for just over two years and I've found many opportunities for personal development, including ways to be creative," says Community Operations Coordinator Chelsea Hawrelak. "I previously worked with several social agencies and was attracted to the EPS by its reputation of being very innovative. I get huge satisfaction from my work, which is primarily about community engagement."
"Our core values of integrity, accountability, respect, innovation, courage and community are engrained in everything we do," says Chief Rod Knecht. "We put significant effort into engaging the community we serve at every possible opportunity.
"We look proactively for solutions to prevent crime, not just react to it. We want our employees to be role models in our community -- this is inspiring as it helps us achieve our vision, which is to become the safest major city in Canada and to be recognized as a leader in policing."