Calgary

Statues honouring Calgary police and firefighters vandalized

Two statues dedicated to the city's police officers and firefighters at Calgary's city hall were vandalized sometime in the past 24 hours, though much of it had been cleaned off by Friday afternoon.

Monuments located within the Municipal Building plaza courtyard

Two monuments to Calgary's police and fire departments were defaced. The vandals spray-painted each statue and added a sash that read 'birthday girl.' (Submitted/Jonathan Akin/Helen Pike/CBC)

Two statues dedicated to the city's police officers and firefighters at Calgary's city hall were vandalized sometime over the past 24 hours, though much of it had been cleaned up by Friday afternoon.

The statues of the officer and the firefighter had been spray-painted with multiple colours, and sashes with the words "birthday girl" were attached.

In a statement, Calgary police spokesperson Emma Poole called the vandalism a "disgusting act."

"This memorial honours those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect Calgarians," Poole said.

"Those who take issue with the Calgary Police Service should do so through meaningful dialogue and not deplorable acts of vandalism."

A monument to Calgary police with the department's core values listed was defaced. (Submitted/Jonathan Akin)

Asked about the vandalism Friday at a press conference, Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal called the incident "unfortunate."

"If there are concerns for members of the public, let's have a conversation about it. But we should not be vandalising or damaging anybody's property," he said. "That's unacceptable."

With files from Helen Pike and Elise von Scheel

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