Presenters of workshop on how to spot counterfeit currency receive award from the Bank of Canada

September 20, 2019 | Society

Students in MacEwan University’s Police and Investigations program have been learning how to spot counterfeit currency since 2005. In the two-day Counterfeit Education Module for Police Studies (CEMPS), students are taught by Della Lewis, site operations manager, Edmonton’s RCMP Forensic Laboratory; Detective Jerry Sobchyshyn, Edmonton Police Service; and the Bank of Canada to know what to look out for when it comes to counterfeit currency.

In August, Della and Jerry received the Bank of Canada Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence for their efforts in delivering CEMPS. The Bank of Canada credits the workshop as being vital in the efforts to keep counterfeit rates down.

“While the Bank of Canada continues to invest in research to increase the security of our bank notes, law enforcement also plays a critical role in keeping counterfeiting levels low,” says Maureen Carroll, managing director, Currency, Bank of Canada. In August, Maureen met with Dr. Craig Monk, provost and vice-president (academic), and Sharon Hobden, associate dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, to discuss how this education improves counterfeit deterrence.

Though it originally began as a pilot program (known as the “MacEwan Model”), CEMPS is now taught to police studies students all across Canada — including RCMP cadets.

“Counterfeiting has decreased substantially after reaching a peak in 2004, and education on counterfeit deterrence, combined with the continued engagement of law enforcement agencies, played a big part in that reduction,” says Maureen. “Since the leaders at MacEwan agreed to pilot this new education program, over a thousand students have completed this training at MacEwan, and other institutions across Canada, and now contribute to safeguarding our currency.”



Fake finders

You value your hard-earned money. But how do you know the cash in your wallet is real? In this workshop, MacEwan’s Police and Investigations students are learning how to spot counterfeit currency.

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