The Edmonton Police Service is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
You can read on the police website how it was back in 1892 that Edmonton Mayor Matthew McCauley, through By-law 15, allowed for a town constable to keep the peace.
I was asked once by an American visitor if we had situations with our police like they have had in some U-S cities, where people take to the streets and protest against police.
I explained that when our citizens rise up, it’s to support police.
One of the first examples I saw of that was when the great silent majority rose up and raised over two million dollars to buy and equip a police helicopter.
And then there was the death of Constable Daniel Woodall.
The support for the Edmonton Police Service was overwhelming.
Remember the blue ribbons on the trees and fences and cars and the High Level Bridge and the ATB building lit up in blue and the funds and the donations of all kinds to his family?
Things like this do not happen unless there is a well-deserved bedrock of support for the Edmonton Police Service.
One hundred and twenty-five years.
Thank you for your service.