2019 Highlights – Community Engagement


2020-01-08 17:30 PST

The best part of any police officer’s shift, besides catching bad guys is when they get to spend time in their own community. There were many moments throughout 2019 where RCMP members were able to spend some time and connect in the communities were they live and work. BC RCMP employees work collaboratively with community partners to implement programs that support making healthy choices.

Image of RCMP crest with text <q>2019 Year in Review</q>

Here are some of 2019’s brightest moments between members and our citizens:

Surrey RCMP partnered with the Surrey School District to host this year’s 28th Annual Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic which continues to expand and evolve year after year. This tournament is one of the largest in BC and is the largest RCMP sponsored tournament in the country. The tournament not only assists student athletes secure scholarships for their future academic and athletic aspirations, it also provides a great opportunity for the community to come together and experience a wonderful Surrey tradition.

Inaugural West Shore RCMP Mountie cup a success. On December 13th and 14th the West Shore RCMP organized the first ever West Shore RCMP Mountie Cup, a senior girls’ basketball tournament. The tournament was hosted by Royal Bay Secondary School and featured 8 teams from all over south island.

When you sign on with the Mounties, you truly never know what the shift ahead will deliver and rarely is any call too small for an RCMP officer to respond to, especially when you police in a small community. On June 30 Logan Lake RCMP officers were alerted to an injured bald eagle on the side of roadway near Mammette Lake Road and Foley Road. When the Cst. Dell arrived he found the bird appeared to unable or unwilling to leave the area.

On November 7th, 2019, at 6 p.m., Cst. Matthew Groen, an officer with the Keremeos RCMP, was called by the public to assist with a young moose having caught its leg in a barb wire fence on Highway 3A, north of Ollala. Cst. Groen arrived to see the young moose’s leg caught in a barbed wire fence. Bystanders told him they believed the young moose’s mother was nearby and reluctant to move along with the calf.

The RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre hosted Grade 11 and 12 students for "RCMP Training Day". On November 12, 2019, PRTC hosted local grade 11 and 12 students for the day. The RCMP partnered with Chilliwack School District #33’s Work Experience Program, to create an experience that was designed for students to gain insight into policing as a potential career option. The one-day training enabled students to gain credit towards their career exploration activity requirements. Interested students were required to complete an application for this unique opportunity and twelve students were selected.

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