National Police Week: Teamwork and community partnerships make for winning combination at RCMP detachment

Coffee with a Cop at the Bean Counter recently gave the public a chance to have a visit with police on a more personal level.
Community Policing and Citizens on Patrol member Bob McIntosh directs Aaryn Chevigny, 4, through a safety course during the Hub International Bicycle Rodeo earlier this month. (Greg Sabatino photo)
Manager of community safety Dave Dickson helps Mia Azak, 7, properly adjust her helmet during the Hub International Bicycle Rodeo held at the beginning of May in the Canadian Tire parking lot. (Greg Sabatino photo)

As the country marks National Police Week, Williams Lake RCMP Insp. Jeff Pelley said the successes of the detachment lie within their teamwork and strong community partnerships.

“We can’t achieve our goals without a collective approach,” said Pelley, who has been with the detachment in Williams Lake for four-and-a-half years, three of those as detachment commander.

“I’m proud of all the work our police men and women do, and of what we’ve achieved to make our community safer.”

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Currently there are 46 officers working out of the Williams Lake detachment from new officers to senior members bringing a wealth of experience with them into areas such as the General Investigative Section, Police Dog Services, General Duty Uniform, Indigenous Policing Section, Forensic Identification Section, Municipal and Provincial Traffic to keep the roads safe, Crime Reduction Unit, as well as support staff including municipal employees, public service employees, victim services and the community safety manager.

After moving to many different communities throughout his policing career, Pelley said he and his family feel right at home in Williams Lake.

Pelley grew up in the Ashcroft/Cache Creek area while his wife, Shelly, was born and raised in the Cariboo. Together they are raising their daughter, 10 and son, 6, in Williams Lake.

“We really enjoy this community and everything it brings to our family,” he said.

“Williams Lake is a safe and great community to raise a family in.”

On Thursday, the City of Williams Lake said it will be showing its support for Williams Lake’s finest with an afternoon gathering at the detachment for officers and staff.

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