Monica Lamb-Yorski photo New RCMP auxiliaries Kristin Turnbull

Monica Lamb-Yorski photo New RCMP auxiliaries Kristin Turnbull

RCMP auxiliary constables honoured

The RCMP auxiliary program in Williams Lake doubles with the addition of six new auxiliary constables who joined the force in May.

The RCMP auxiliary program in Williams Lake has more than doubled with the addition of six new auxiliary constables who joined the force in May.

On Thursday the new constables were formerly inducted at city hall.  Three auxiliaries were recognized for five years service, and two others, who were absent, were acknowledged for 13 and 20 years of service.

“The auxiliary program has been around for 50 years,” said Const. Brad LeForte who has been in charge of the program in Williams Lake the last four years. “It was started to assist police in emergency situations.”

When the RCMP ran out of members the auxiliaries were called in to help, he explained.

“That tradition is still held today and we still depend on them greatly, however, it has been changed greatly over the last 50 years.”

Today auxiliaries are used more as a community asset, helping with everything from community policing, putting on bike rodeos, going to schools to deliver D.A.R.E. programs to doing ride-alongs with RCMP members.

The new recruits have been out volunteering about four months already and many said they love the ride-alongs.

“I really like the camaraderie with the regular RCMP members,” Michael Olson said.

“I grew up here and decided I wanted to help out and I’ll see if law enforcement is what I want to do.”

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I first moved to Williams Lake 13 and a half years ago,” said Corwyn Smid. “I’ve worked as a noon-hour supervisor at Cataline elementary school, I’ve been a youth pastor and coached hockey and soccer with three different teams because I have three boys.”

Gino D’Appolinia presently works at Gibraltar Mines and has been in Williams Lake steadily since 2010.

He joined the auxiliary program to help make a difference and to see what policing is all about.

“My plan is to become a regular member and hopefully one day I will,” he said.

William De Vuyst said it’s always been his passion to help people in his community.

“I’m with the Wildwood Fire Department,” he said, adding he tries to do anything he can to make the community stronger.

Auxiliaries don’t receive any pay and have to volunteer a minimum of 160 hours.

“The vast majority go well over that,” said Staff Sgt. Ken Brissard, who has accepted the position of watch commander for the Nanaimo RCMP and will be leaving Williams Lake.

Looking around Brissard said several of the RCMP members in the room, including himself, started as auxiliaries.

While auxiliaries are not expected to become regular members, their involvement shows they wish to make the community a better place, he added.

Mayor Kerry Cook praised the RCMP for their leadership and making the auxiliary program possible.

“Thanks for making a substantial difference in our community,” she told the new recruits. “It takes a special type of person to volunteer without any compensation.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Williams Lake considering using remainder of COVID Safe Restart Grant to make up for unpaid taxes. (City of Williams Lake photo)
Williams Lake weighs allocating rest of COVID safe restart grant in capital programs

The $546,205 lef of the $2.6 million could make up for $746,874 in outstanding taxes

Chief Joe Alphonse
OP-ED: Williams Lake municipal, regional councils lack awareness on historical trauma

Systemic racism isn’t always obvious to those that are not experiencing it

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake GMHL expansion questions, concerns, to be discussed later this month

If approved, the team would begin play in the fall of 2021

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of deceased Vancouver Island Hells Angels prospect to be divided between wife and secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of its Janssen subsidiary’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Johnson & Johnson via AP
Canada approves Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine

It is the 4th vaccine approved in Canada and the 1st that requires just a single dose

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
Second death reported in Kelowna General Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

A total of seven cases have been identified at the hospital: six patients and one staff

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Most Read