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.”

 

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson
MLA’s CORNER: Rural B.C. needs help now

We only have one shot at lifting the B.C. economy out of the pandemic, so we have to get this right

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Cheering on the Habs

Many westerners were biased against French Canadians years ago

Email letters to editor@wltribune.com
LETTERS: Congratulations to Romeros on JUNO Award win

Fame has not made them more aloof, as it does to some

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

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

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Most Read