Beacons of Hope

Inspire change with positivity

Inspiring Calgarians to reflect, engage and acknowledge the contributions that Calgary Police Service members make each and every day to keep us all safe.

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Calgary Police Service

A commitment to Calgarians since 1885

The Calgary Police Service was formed in 1885, and since then, has been instrumental in establishing Calgary as a safe and thriving city. Without the outstanding commitment made by the members of CPS, Calgary would not have flourished into the city it is today.

Calgary Police Officers in the 1980s overlooking the Calgary skyline
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The 1885 Society is a group of passionate Calgarians, who are committed to showing our appreciation to the members of the Calgary Police Service. We all recognize that a life of public service is often a thankless job, and together, we want to change that.

Over the years, Calgary has evolved into a world-class city, with much credit to the contribution, dedication and sacrifice of our police service members.

To all members of the Calgary Police Service – sworn, civilian, past and present – we thank you for your unwavering and longstanding commitment to keeping our city safe.

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Beacons of Hope was born out of an idea to acknowledge the hardworking members of the Calgary Police Service. Together with Founders J. Murray McCann and Jackson McDonough, and the 1885 Society, the Beacons of Hope initiative began.

The concept is simple: on Saturday, May 14, 2022, one lantern will be illuminated for each serving member of the Calgary Police Service. The lanterns signify hope in times of darkness and will serve as a constant reminder that though the flame of each lantern may flicker, together, 3,000 lanterns burn bright. Following the lantern illumination, CPS members will each be given a lantern to feel support when they need it most. We invite all Calgarians to join us and witness this moving tribute.

Calgary Police Service

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