Congrats to Our Boys And Girls in Blue!
Lets hear it for Calgary’s finest, public satisfaction with the CPS is at an all time high with a satisfaction rate of 97%, hard to get more impressive than that. The poll involved over a thousand Calgarians and was commissioned by the Calgary police Commission to see how our guys stacked up and what improvements they could make, apparently they are doing ok.
Commission chairman Mike Smith also awarded Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson a new contract that will keep him here till his retirement, that announcement was a big deal for Calgarians and for the men and women on the CPS.
Rick is a cop’s cop and the respect that people have for him has been well earned. Rick started his career back in 1975 and it has taken him to a ranks and divisions of investigative service.
He has also served as Superintendent, Executive officer to the Chief of the Calgary Police Service and left for a stint to work with the RCMP.
Rick joined the RCMP in 2005 as the Chief Superintendent in charge of Integrated and Federal Policing and stayed till 2007 and seven when he returned to the Calgary police Service as the new Chief.
Rick Hanson doesn’t let the grass grow under his police boots either, he is the current President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of police and a past board member with the Salvation Army Centre of Hope, YMCA Calgary and the No Ka Oi Ranch Foundation.
I have known Chief Hanson for several years working on the HAWK Helicopter lottery with him and several charities we have worked on together for kids and families in need.
Rick is constantly in contact with the common man on the street and works with victims of homelessness and the sad circumstances that come from domestic violence.
He is also a strong advocate of getting kids to understand what they can give back and how they can contribute to society with youth intervention services that take troubled kids off a path to destruction and molds them in citizens that care.
The Chief managed to do law enforcement in a different way focusing on the root causes of crime and how to nip them in the bud before criminal activity flourishes.
One of the many things the CPS is proud of is its work with several agencies that work with the men in black to reduce crime and keep kids off the street and in meaningful lives.
They have the school mentorship programs with constables located right in the schools to prevent the spreadof drugs and bullying, they also play football and basketball with the kids during there time off and handle circumstances that might not be the best at home, this the key to stability in our youth.
Its nice to see that the changes he has made and the great crew he has working below him are not going unnoticed by Calgarians.
It’s also nice to see the result in the poll that favor more funding for police services to keep the street gangs at bay and put more boots in the ground.
The election is on so see where your candidate stands on the police issue, we are proving that great policing make a great city, congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who wears the uniform.