From the community

Messages of Appreciation

Maybe you had an interaction with a Calgary Police Service member that you would like to thank them for, or maybe you’d just like to show your support? Regardless, we need your help to let the members of the Calgary Police Service know what they mean to Calgarians. It is our hope that these messages – long or short – uplift all CPS members and provide hope in times of darkness.

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Cst. James Gomez #5586

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you Beacons of Hope (BOH)and Calgarians for our challenge coins and candles that we officers recently received at the District offices. It is a great symbol of light during times of darkness.

I understand each officer has a BOH coin and a member of the public out there somewhere has one with a matching number. My coin # is 1306 and I invite whomever out there has the matching counterpart to please email me at [email protected] so I can thank you for your support and buy you a coffee.

Cordially,

Cst. James Gomez #5586

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

I just wanted to pass along my sincere Thanks to Mr. McCann and Mr. McDonough for their extraordinary efforts in this initiative. After 20+ years of policing, I can attest to the recent challenges to stay motivated in my service to the public. Police have been under intense scrutiny over the past few years. The frustrating part is that the men and women I work with are only deserving of praise. There are a very few examples of police wrong doing. I want to ensure you that we stand together to denounce those instances. “Bad Cops” are an embarrassment to the uniform and the community. It will not be tolerated. The public are becoming aware that much of the bad publicity that police organizations face is a form of manipulation by “gas lighting” and peddling misinformation. Like the public, I am forced to look beneath the surface to understand the facts before coming to any conclusion.

I received my challenge coin today, #2518. I am left wondering which supportive member of the community shares this coin. To them I offer my additional Thanks. Your support, and the support of Beacons of Hope, reminds me of how important it is to serve this community as a police officer. Every decision I make, every action I take, is done in consideration of this community. My goal remains keeping Calgarians safe when and where I can. I am always “on duty”.

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NightBird

#MessageOfAppreciation

I would like to give my warmest regards and deepest thanks to the great Men and Women of Valor whom have sworn to protect and serve with utmost righteousness all whom reside within our most spectacular City of Calgary. May they lead with courageous hearts and monumentous strength while baring their shields in such a manor in which our people may find shelter and embrace the feeling of safety while standing behind them in support. If any feel let down, let me reassure you that it will not be in vein. Things will work out in the end. That I am certain. It will work itself out. I am proud to be Canadian. Hang in there troupes, we got your backs. I for one, solute you ALL!

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

As an immigrant from India that hugely enjoys freedom of press, our experiences with police there don’t compare with police here. So, I know the value, honesty, public service of the CPS. You deserve our full and highest respect. And yes, like everywhere, there are few rotten apples. I take that as a fact of life and a statistical reality. Respected officers, thank you very much for your service and please please don’t pay much attention to those who are just playing politics and enhancing their own interests – much of what they ply like race etc. is not the experience and lived realities of the minorities. Keep wearing the blue line patch.

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Imelda Fergel

#MessageOfAppreciation

Each time police officers are on duty, they risk their lives. MANY have given their lives protecting us. They’re our heroes! Do we do anything in appreciation? Beacons of Hope is a good reminder for us to do so. How about thanking God for them each time we see them on the streets, in the news, each time we pass by police stations. Their families need them. We need them. God gave them to us!

During this first Beacons of Hope I met Chief of Police Mark Neufeld and his wife, Lynn, and officer S. Stinton. People were very happy as they made themselves available to chat

CPS is the best! I can’t help but think they honour God hence they’re here for us. Let’s also honour them in whatever way you want to – not only during Beacons of Hope but ALWAYS. God bless them all! I hope we do Beacons of Hope EVERY YEAR!

Imelda Fergel

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Police saved my life when they arrested me. I was a mess and would have killed someone or myself. When the police arrested me I went to prison took all advantage of all programs. Thanks to CPS. I now do presentations sharing my story with thousands of youth here in Alberta. CPS changes lives every single day for the better.

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Jenna Jepson

#MessageOfAppreciation

A giant thank you to District 4 Community Resource Officer Constable Miguel Lay.
We are so thankful for your dedication, attention and support of Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Society. THANK YOU Constable Lay for all you do for our community!

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Mike Shaikh, former chair of Calgary Police Commission

#MessageOfAppreciation

Good policing is an essential factor in any successful society .
Police work often goes unacknowledged and sometime not appreciated. I know first hand how our police deals with most difficult issues every single day. Police takes the risk to help and protect others. More important than ever, citizens in Canada must support the police. Calgary once was the safest city in Canada ( one million people or more). I always stop when I see a police officer to say thank you for the work they do to keep us safe. I encourage all Calgarian to do the same. Take a minute of your time and thank them for the work they do every single day to keep us safe.

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you so much for your hard work each and every day. It has been said before, but we are the silent majority who are so grateful for your dedication, sacrifice and service. It is often a thankless job, and more often than not, we don’t know the dangers you have protected us from each and every day. You put yourself in harms way to protect strangers, neighbors, and sometimes friends. You live the unimaginable and get up the next morning to do it all over again. Thank you cannot clearly express the depth of our gratitude to each and every one of you. May God bless you abundantly with strength, wisdom, courage, and peace for a much needed sleep. With a grateful heart. ❤️

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Gord Robinson

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you Murray and Jackson for thinking of this initiative. We all depend on the Police for our protection, yet rarely get the opportunity to thank them for their work.

Thank you to the members of the Police Service and the RCMP for your work. It is much appreciated!

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Elizabeth Campbell

#MessageOfAppreciation

I am so glad that the Beacons of Hope initiative was launched last week. I wasn’t able to go to the gathering, but didn’t know about the on-line version of givinig support. I am so grateful you are there. Over our almost 70 years in Calgary, we have seldom needed to call for your help,, but rely on the knowledge that you just a phone call away. I was very moved by Mark Neufeld’s article in the Herald this morning. The dark times come, I know. The husband of a niece of mine died by his own gun many years ago in Saskatchewan. He was a high ranking, much loved police officer. Things just got to be too much.

Please know that you are appreciated and respected even though the loud voices of hate and criticism often take over. Thank you for your service and your care for us.

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you all, for all you do, each and every day. So many others have said thank you so eloquently, I echo those thoughts; we are the silent majority, who have never expressed our gratitude. You are appreciated, we support you. Thank you. God Bless you. 🙏 ❤️

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you. I rarely interact with you and yet I know you’re there. I appreciate you and all you do. You are so respected and cared about. Alway remember for every loud hater there are so so many more grateful folks who you may never see. We are here by the hundreds of thousands!

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Aaron

#MessageOfAppreciation

I feel so grateful for what the men and women of CPS provide me and my community. I am fortunate to know hundreds of service members and their families and can say that they are a diverse group of great humans with the best of intentions. Their service does not come without its costs. We need to acknowledge that policing is likely the hardest profession out there. What the service members sacrifice in regards to their own health, mental health and well-being needs to be considered and we need to always support them. We have a responsibility in seeing the human behind the badge. We do not have community or society without rules, standards or regulations, in the absence of reasonable enforcement we have chaos. So again I’m very grateful for what our service members do for us all to ensure we can live a safe and peaceful life in this beautiful city. Thank you.

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Please don’t give up hope. There are more people out here who respect all of our Police Force for their caring and helping to keep us all safe. We may not always be as vocal but we are here cheering you on and valuing each and everyone of you who decide to become police men and women! Keep up the good work.

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Karen Lundy

#MessageOfAppreciation

Each day they risk their lives
For those they have not met
They fight for what’s right
They’re sworn to Serve and Protect

They come when you need help
And they take constant abuse
and yet, no matter what
They would lay down their life for you.

Let’s not ever take them for granted
But treat them with respect
THANK YOU for all you do, CPS
We shall never forget!

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you for all that CPS does to keep our city safe. I have seen first hand working at a high school, the impact that School Resource Officers have with our students. They are approachable and help build healthy relationships where students feel comfortable going to them when in need.

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Michael Birnbaum

#MessageOfAppreciation

In my early career I practiced criminal law and consistently noted the quality of Calgary police, who would overwhelmingly conduct themselves conscientiously when under cross-examination, unwilling to distort the truth to urge the Court to convict.

My heart aches with the recent murder of Sgt. Andrew Hartnett, at the hands of heartless youths whose car door entrapped the officer as they bolted from a routine traffic stop.

I recently supported local residents in standing up to so-called “Freedom” protesters, who disrupted Beltline residents and businesses weekly with their loud and rowdy opposition to pandemic mandates and was impressed with the calm and neutrality of the police maintaining a thin blue line between the two groups.

It is unfortunate that the “thin blue line” arouses in some Calgarians a negative connotation, and I hope a new symbol will be found to allow our police to express grief over fallen members and solidarity and recoup the pride they should feel over their highly professional police force.

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Sandra Robinson–Wife of Heinz Moeckl now deceased

#MessageOfAppreciation

Sending so much gratitude for all Members for all they have done. I cannot thank you enough. Heinz was such a proud member of the force and he would be busting his buttons with price over the Beacons of Hope, as I am doing today.

Thank you so very much!

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

There are so many officers, and those behind the scenes, that do such incredible and selfless work.

I see you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Tannis

#MessageOfAppreciation

To the members of the CPS, thank you for protecting and keeping us and our communities safe. Every time you go on shift, you are putting others before yourself; showing compassion, care, kindness and ferocity when required to protect those who can not protect themselves. You are brave because you move towards what is frightening and difficult for the public to manage. You make many sacrifices and carry heavy experiences on your hearts that can seem to be unappreciated; but know that we are grateful and stand with you. You are Heroes.

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Gail

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you to the founders, organizers of Beacon of Hope, and thank you to the entertainers who gave of their time to show support. Your message of positivity and community connection is exactly what our members need at this very divisive time in the history of policing. Over the years, I have helped career changers who want to become police officers prepare for the rigorous and challenging CPS interview process. These applicants come from a variety of ethnic and occupational backgrounds from teachers, to plumbers, rock climbers, mail carriers, sous chefs, accountants and steel workers. All have a keen desire to become an officer, and serve the public. They bring with them diverse professional and personal experience making CPS members rich in skills that are demonstrated daily. There is always room to learn, grow and improve in any organization, and showing support only makes an organization want to get better. This is why I’m thankful that Beacon’s of Hope has recognized a time when our officers and their families need a morale boost and need to know that they are appreciated.

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Linda McCloud-Bondoc

#MessageOfAppreciation

I worked with Calgary City Police when I was an RN working in psychiatry at the Holy Cross Hospital. So I know first hand the level of compassion, bravery, and competence, these men and women bring to difficult and dangerous situations. Please know that there are many citizens like myself that greatly appreciate the service you all give to Calgarians, up to the ultimate sacrifice.

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Anonymous

#MessageOfAppreciation

Thank you to CPS officers whose dedication to their profession often goes without acknowledgement. It it often forgotten that behind the uniform is a real person with hopes and dreams. We see you. Thank you.

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Luise

#MessageOfAppreciation

My most memorable personal experience with the CPS is during the 2013 flood. You were a calm through the literal storm. Thank you, CPS members, for your service then and now, in difficult times and in times where you are seemingly not appreciated. We need you and are grateful for you.

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