2019 Highlights – Awards
2020-01-10 17:00 PST
An awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognize police officers and employees for actions that often go above and beyond the call of duty. Generally, police officers are a humble lot and don’t like to draw attention to themselves. But there are many stories of bravery that others recognize as something well beyond expected service.
Award Ceremonies were held across the province at the Districts and Detachments. Here are some of the highlights from 2019:
Three Constables from the Kimberley RCMP Detachment were recipients of this year’s Alexa’s Team award. Three Kimberley RCMP officers were recognized, after the trio were responsible for removing over 100 impaired drivers from the roadways in and around Kimberley B.C. last year. Cst. Dylan Cross, Cst. Gordon Skulnec and Cst. Scott Payne were each welcomed to the Alexa’s Team for their dedication to road safety, by reducing the number of drug and alcohol impaired drivers on the roads in our communities.
On November 21, 2019, 114 law enforcement members in British Columbia were recognized for their outstanding service, including Cst. Dave Thorson who works here in the Comox Valley. Cst. Thorson was working in Courtenay on October 9, 2017 when a woman entered the Puntledge River and was holding onto a branch behind a local business when she was swept down the river. With the assistance of other frontline members working in the area, Cst. Thorson made his way to her location. He removed his police equipment, entered the water, and swam out to the woman. Cst. Thorson was able to grab onto the woman and tow her to the other side of the river.
Local officers honoured at award ceremony in Victoria. In the early morning hours of December 7th, 2017 police were called to a motor vehicle incident that occurred on Quamichan Road West in Duncan BC. When the first officer arrived on scene, she observed a vehicle that was halfway into a flowing river with a woman inside. More members arrive to assist and started gathering ropes and hoses from nearby yards in hopes to stabilize the car. After some ingenuity from the police officers on scene, they were able to pull the woman to safety.
The Detachment Commander of the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment was one of forty recipients from over two-dozen police forces across the country, to be invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (OMPF) on October 31st, during a ceremony held inside Rideau Hall in the nation’s capital.
On Thursday October 10th, 2019 dignitaries including the District Commander of the RCMP in Southeastern B.C., Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli, Officer-In-Charge of the Kelowna Regional Detachment Superintendent Brent Mundle, Superintendent Richard Bergevin gathered to give recognition and present long-service medals, special awards, and commendation’s to over 40 peace officers, civilian member employees, and public service employees. Seventeen award recipients were recognized for their meritorious service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their country, having served for 20, 25, 30, and in some cases 35 years.
BC RCMP honor and recognize employees, partners and public in award ceremony. Police officers from the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department, Delta Police Department, Abbotsford Police Department, the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, civilian staff, and a member of the public received awards and recognition of their outstanding work, bravery or long service within the public service.
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