Chief McFee blames communication error on changing story around whether EPS was in contact with Justin Bone prior to Chinatown killings
Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee has changed the Edmonton Police’s story about its contact with Justin Bone, the accused murderer of Hung Trang and Ban Phuc Hoang, in a way which absolves the Edmonton Police Service’s responsibility for the incident. However, new reporting from the CBC directly contradicts McFee's claims that Edmonton Police Service officers couldn't have picked Bone up for violating his bail conditions prior to the Chinatown murders.Read more
Never before have I written a preview of an Edmonton Police Commission meeting but we live in extraordinary times.Read more
EPS and UCP win big in Edmonton’s police funding deliberations. But what was the police chief hiding?
Weeks of acrimonious debate around public disorder and the policing budget have come to a temporary conclusion in Edmonton, and the winners—to the tune of at least $22 million—are the UCP, the Edmonton Police Service, and the local business lobby.
At issue have been two sources of funding: a funding formula introduced during the Iveson years, and a pot of money derived from the city’s photo radar fines.Read more
Edmonton’s police chief, police commission, business associations, and a collection of conservative politicians brought an incredible amount of political pressure to bear on Edmonton’s city council over the past month in order to secure a $22 million increase in base police funding from the city and the continued existence of a police funding formula that has continually increased the police budget.Read more
Here’s what it took to learn that EPS Chief Dale McFee is one of the most well-paid police chiefs in the country
Until we asked for it, the salary of Edmonton’s chief of police was a secret. Let me tell you the ridiculous story of what it took just to find out about Chief Dale McFee’s luxurious $340,000-a-year salary.Read more
Jason Kenney has resigned, but he’s not leaving until there’s a new UCP leader, so I regret to inform you that we have entered Kenney’s lame duck period. No long-term goals, no power over his caucus, dwindling influence, and worst of all for us, no consequences. After all, he’s already lost; so brace yourself, things could get wacky.Read more
Robert Houle, a law student presently working as a part-time strategic advisor to city councilor Anne Stevenson, has filed a complaint against Edmonton Police Commission chair John McDougall and commissioner Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse regarding inflammatory statements made by the two about Houle earlier this May.Read more
A quarter of Edmonton’s homicides this year have been people shot dead by police. Do the EPS really need $3.8 million worth of weapons?
Edmonton Police are relying more and more on their guns, a report filed with the police commission shows. In 2021 Edmonton police pointed a gun at a civilian 337 times, a 39 percent jump from 2020. Even incidents when an officer just pulls their gun out of its holster and holds it a “low ready” position, were up by more than a third.Read more