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 Feature Story                                                                                                             Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 

Service with a Smile

Chilliwack RCMP Recognizing Excellence Awards

Staff/Voice photos

 

Chilliwack Mounties were in full dress for the awards ceremony at the Cultural Centre last Thursday. Below, Kendrick Rutherford pipes in the recipients.

 

aves of Mounties in their wide-brimmed Stetsons created a serge sea at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre for the RCMP "E" Division's Annual Recognizing Excellence Awards last Thursday evening. They were joined by a few hundred friends and family.

 

Some people at the Centre had lost someone. Others saved somebody. But everyone was there to thank 98 recipients from the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, Search and Rescue, RCMP program support staff, auxiliary constables and volunteers for their meritorious conduct and selfless devotion to duty.

 

 

There were several civilians, who found themselves in a situation where they were instrumental in bringing it to a successful conclusion, also collected certificates of appreciation, commendations and some very cool bling.

 

Harrison Hot Springs mayor Leo Facio and acting Chilliwack mayor Ken Popove were in attendance.

 

Popove thanked award recipients for their service and for "going above and beyond the call of duty."

 

"We are all a team," he said. "We're all striving for a better, safer, cleaner Chilliwack and surrounding area. It's something I'm so proud of living in Chilliwack."

 

Sisters Aviana and Madalyn Clempson from the Chilliwack School of Performing Art performed the national anthem.

 

Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Sgt. J.D. Fredette for his speaking notes as follows:


Today’s RCMP Long Service Award recipients have spent 20, 25 and 30 years as police officers or civilian members in the service of the RCMP and their country.
 
The RCMP Long Service Medal, representing 20 Years of service, was approved by Royal Warrant and signed by King George V, on March 6th 1934, almost 10 years after it was first requested by Commissioner Starnes in 1925.
 
The first presentation of the Long Service Medal was held in Ottawa in March 1935, in Cartier Drill Hall.
 
The RCMP Long Service Medal is the oldest medal in the Canadian system of awards, and takes precedence, even over the Department of National Defence Medal.
 
After 20 years of loyal service, the member is presented with a silver medal. This medal is one and a half inches in diameter, having on the obverse side the head of the sovereign and on the reverse side the crest and motto of the RCMP, rounded by the legend, "for long service and good conduct."
 
After 25 years of loyal service, a bronze clasp with one star is added to the medal. After 30 years, a silver clasp with two stars and finally a gold clasp with three or four stars is added in recognition of 35 and 40 years of exemplary service.
 
The long service medal and clasps are not awarded in recognition of a single act or one specific incident.
 
The medal is awarded in recognition of all those occasions where the recipient had to display courage, daring, bravery, tenacity, patience and good judgment. The decorations presented today recognize all those actions that make up a long career of exemplary service. I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the importance of spouses, family members and friends in the career of our police officers, civilian members, public service employees and municipal employees.  Let us not forget that throughout these long years of excellent service, the burden of difficult times was lightened due to the support provided by loving and caring family members and personal friends.
 
Chief Superintendent Brian Canterra representing Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Commanding Officer  “E” Division, made the initial presentations.


Sergeant Nathalie CARON for presentation of her 20 year long service award.
Sergeant Caron joined the R.C.M.P. on December 3, 1992 at Quebec City, Quebec. From Depot she was posted to Chilliwack Detachment. In May 2009 she transferred to the RCMP Musical Ride in Ottawa, Ontario. In October 2002 she transferred to the Prime Minister detail then promoted to the rank of corporal at the National Operations Centre in Ottawa in January 2003. She transferred to the National Security Threat Assessment in 2005. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006 to create the new Extra-territorial section as result of a new anti-terrorist law. She went on a one year secondment to Public Safety Canada from May 2007 to May 2008, then on a 9 months Peace Keeping Mission in Timor Leste where she fulfilled different important roles. She worked as the 2i/c Admin for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games from June 2009 to May 2010. She transferred back to UFVRD/Chilliwack on May 1, 2010 where she has occupied watch commander and admin positions. She is currently the Senior patrol NCO for "D" Watch UFVRD/Chilliwack.

Public Service Employee Catherine Bell for presentation of her 20 year long service certificate
Catherine Bell joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada in October 1980 at Revenue Canada, Vancouver, BC. She transferred six months later to Surrey Tax Centre and worked there until March 1986. She worked in the Private Sector for 12 years while raising her four children and returned to the Public Service Alliance of Canada in January 1998 transferring in September 1998 to RCMP Head Quarters, Vancouver as a CPIC Operator, Records Trainer, National Crime Data Bank. She transferred to Explosive Disposal Unit on Annacis Island in April 2002 as there Administrative Assistant until November 2005 at which time she took a transfer to PRIME Implementation in December 2005 in Surrey. She then received a promotion to Intergrated National Security Enforcement Team known as INSET in March 2006 where she remained until transferring to Fraser Valley Traffic Services in July 2007 where she is presently employed looking after their Fleet, members’ equipment and other Administrative duties. During her time at Traffic Services she has acted in other positions such as PRIME, Transcriptions and Pacific Regional Training Centre Registrar's Office.

Staff Sergeant Barb Koons for presentation of her 25 year Long Service Award.
S/Sgt. Koons joined the RCMP on April 11, 1988 in Alberta. Her first posting was to Surrey BC. She transferred to Grande Prairie AB in 1997 and to Cold Lake AB in 1999 where she was promoted to Corporal. While in Cold Lake S/Sgt. Koons participated in a UN Mission to East Timor from June 2001 to March 2002. In 2004 S/Sgt. Koons was promoted to Sgt at Redcliff Ab and she subsequently transferred to UFVRD in 2007. In 2008 she was promoted to S/Sgt. and is currently the NCO i/c of Corporate and Client Services at UFVRD.

Chief Superintendent, Staff Sergeant Barb Koons received the RCMP Bronze Clasp and Stars to her Long Service Medal recognizing 25 years of meritorious service.

Sergeant Kevin Gibson for presentation of his 30 year Long Service Award.
Sgt. GIBSON joined the RCMP in Toronto on August 06, 1981. His first posting was at Langley Detachment. He transferred to Boston Bar detachment for 5 years and then Chilliwack for almost 6 years. Adventure called and he and his family were posted to Whitehorse Detachment for 3 years. He then transferred to Milton Detachment near Toronto where he worked on Human Trafficking for the next 13 years. This work took him all over the world on different investigations. Sgt. Gibson and his family moved back to the West Coast as he was selected to work at the Integrated Security Unit for the 2010 Olympics Winter Games. After the Olympics he was transferred back to Chilliwack Detachment, worked briefly as the NCO i/c of Agassiz Detachment before he was seconded to work on a special project in Thailand for the next six months. At the conclusion his assignment Sgt. Gibson returned to the UFVRD and took over the role of NCO i/c of the General Investigation Support team where he remains today.

Auxiliary Constables Badges and Certificates of Service

Retired Auxiliary Constable Patrick Chromy for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable Badge.
Auxiliary Constable Chromy joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on May 11, 2005 in Surrey, BC. He transferred to the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Agassiz Community Police Office until he retired on July 17, 2013.

Auxiliary Constable Bill Davyduke for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable 15 and 20 year pins.
Auxiliary Constable Davyduke joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on Sept 9, 1989. He is still an active member of the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Chilliwack Community Police Office.

Auxiliary Constable Peter Devette for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable 10 year pin.
Auxiliary Constable Peter Devette joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on June 9, 2004. He is still an active member of the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Chilliwack Community Police Office.

Auxiliary Constable Terry Fisher for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable 15 and 20 year pins.
Auxiliary Constable Fisher joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on October 4, 1989. He is still an active member of the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Chilliwack Community Police Office.

Auxiliary Constable Andrew Wilkie for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable 5 year pin.
Auxiliary Constable Wilkie joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on August 23, 2006 in Mission, BC. He is currently an active member of the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Chilliwack Community Police Office.

Auxiliary Constable Devon Remington for presentation of his Auxiliary Constable 500 hour award.
Auxiliary Constable Remington joined the Auxiliary Constable Program on April 17, 2013. He is an active member of the UFVRD Aux program working out of the Chilliwack Community Police Office and has completed over 500 hours volunteering his time.

Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment to presented the Officer in Charge Awards.

There are currently 242 members and support staff serving the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment in the communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar. Their work would be impossible without the support of these communities and the dedication of certain citizens who are also being recognized here tonight along with several regular and civilian members as well as a few units within the UFVRD.

Constable Mike Sabulsky, Constable Andrew Brand, Constable Bruce Johnston and Constable Greg Dykstra recieved Officer In Charge Certificates of Appreciation.

The Certificates read:
Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 Constable Mike Sabulsky, Constable Andrew Brand, Constable Bruce Johnston and Constable Greg Dykstra met the requirements of the Alexa Team by conducting at least 12 Impaired Driving Investigations during the calendar year.

The Alexa Team was formed in 2008, not long after the death of four year old Alexa MIDDELAAR, who was killed by an impaired driver. Constable Mike Sabulsky, Constable Andrew Brand, Constable Bruce Johnston and Constable Greg Dykstra’s proactive approach to policing and commitment to road safety have contributed to removing impaired drivers from our streets and highways making our streets safer for all citizens.

These members respectively completed the following amount of Impaired Driving Investigations in 2013:

Both Constable Brand and Constable Johnston each completed a total of 13 Impaired Driving Investigations during 2013 while Constable Dykstra completed 19, and last but not least, Constable Sabulsky completed 42.

Municipal Employee, Ms Danielle Schmidt for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
While working with the Crime Reduction Unit, Ms. Schmidt overheard other staff members discussing some work projects that had been left unfinished. Ms. Schmidt offered to complete these projects over and above the work which had already been assigned to her. It was made clear to her the project she requested would require in depth research and would be very time consuming. This did not discourage Ms. Schmidt.


The project consisted of the creation of a binder cataloguing photographs of subjects, their tattoos, names, nicknames and all pertinent information available to be used as reference material by all UFVRD members. Ms. Schmidt researched and compiled information on over 190 subjects. Ms. Schmidt filed the information alphabetically in two well organized binders, one kept in the General Duty area and the other in the CRU office. This reference material has proven to be a valuable tool for our members to identify potential suspects or witnesses when they are referred to by nicknames or described by their tattoos. The initiative taken by Ms. Schmidt is an example of dedication to her work and the RCMP.

Municipal Employee, Mrs Jennifer Massie for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
Mrs. Massie commenced her employment with the City of Chilliwack in the RCMP Detachment on March 17, 1981 as a Switchboard Receptionist and since that time has dedicated her entire working career to support the RCMP’s efforts to uphold the cause of law enforcement within the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

Over the course of Mrs. Massie’s career she has been in charge of a number of initiatives to implement changes to business practices and to improve effectiveness and efficiency in the Records and Exhibits Departments, Front Desk and Switchboard area. Mrs. Massie manages forty nine Municipal Employees and continually ensures her employees provide the best services possible to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Mrs. Massie’s many years of exemplary service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the City of Chilliwack are to be commended.

Ms. Darlene Wahlstrom, Victim Services Co-ordinator for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On April 14, 2013 the Agassiz RCMP responded to the sudden death of an elderly female. Upon arrival to the scene, conditions of the house were found to be unlivable and consisted of black mold, a leaking roof and no heat. The surviving spouse was reluctant to leave the family home even though the conditions were dangerous to his health.

Victim Services worker, Darlene Wahlstrom, met with the elderly male regularly and developed a bond where he began to trust her. Darlene soon found that the male was exhibiting signs of dementia and she managed to have him examined by a doctor. Darlene worked with local resources and the District of Kent to locate adequate housing for the elderly man.

The family residence was later condemned by the District and because of Darlene’s dedication to her position she was able to locate resources and housing for the man so that he could be treated for his condition in a safe environment.

Darlene went above and beyond her duties as a Victim Services Worker and ensured that this man received adequate health care and housing. This gentlemen could have easily slipped through the cracks had Darlene not intervened and brought the situation to a safe conclusion.

Constables Brad Rendall, Sean Roche and Melissa Burroughs for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.

On June 19, 2013 Constables Brad Rendall, Sean Roche and Melissa Burroughs were called to a report of a 17 yr old suicidal male. The distraught mother had called 911 to say her son had locked himself in his bedroom and was threatening to harm himself if the police attended. When the members entered his bedroom, they could see he was clearly distraught.
In spite of being told to leave him alone Constables Rendall and Roche took turns talking to
the young man while they were in the room with him. Constable Burroughs maintained cover while the
other two officers spent over thirty-five minutes talking to the young man before convincing him to put
his weapons down. The young male was taken into custody without incident.

As a result of their efforts, the suicidal male was successfully treated and was reunited with his family. Our Youth Liaison Officer has followed up and reports that the young man is back to school and this incident is behind him. In keeping with the best traditions of the Force Constables Brad Rendall, Sean Roche and Melissa Burroughs demonstrated skills and abilities that brought this incident to a successful conclusion and in all likelihood saving this young man’s life.

Constable Brad Rendall for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On November 2, 2013 Constable Rendall was dispatched to a possible domestic assault. Upon
attending the residence Constable Rendall observed a female lying on the floor in front of a bedroom. Once he determined the female was not injured he entered the bedroom and observed an unconscious male. Constable Rendall made quick observation that the male was
unresponsive and not breathing and immediately called for help. He started CPR and prior to the ambulance attendance, the male started to breathe on his own.

Your actions in recognizing the severity of the call and immediately providing first aid resulted in saving this individuals life.

Constable Phillipe Premerl for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On December 11, 2013, while on patrol Constable Premerl heard a radio broadcast describing a suspect who had just committed an armed robbery. As Constable Premerl continued his patrols he observed a male matching the description at a Petro Canada Gas Station. Constable Premerl entered the gas station and observed the male turning towards him and at the same time heard the cashier yell that the suspect had a knife and had just robbed him. Constable Premerl immediately controlled the suspect and affected an arrest. While searching the suspect, Constable Premerl located an open three inch knife in his jacket as well as recovering stolen property.

Through Constable Premerl’s astute observations and his quick actions he was able to apprehend the suspect which assisted in bringing about the successful conclusion of two robbery files.

Corporal Paul Emond for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On May 19, 2013, Cpl Emond responded to a 911 call to Sweltzer Creek where a young woman had entered the fast flowing water to rescue her dog. During her attempt to save her dog, she became trapped in the creek as well.

Upon arrival to the scene, Cpl. Emond quickly assessed the situation noting the river was flowing dangerously fast and that the steep creek embankment was crumbling. He knew he could not bring the woman and her dog to safety on his own, so he requested the assistance of Chilliwack Search and Rescue.

Cpl Emond, along with Search and Rescue climbed down the steep embankment and into the water where they safely rescued the woman. Her dog Sam, a 90 pound husky cross was harnessed and Cpl Emond was instrumental in hoisting him from the creek to safety.

Both the woman and her dog were cold and sore but recovered from their frightening experience.

Corporal Paul Emond was presented with the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation. The victim, Nicole Kjellboton and her dog Sam could not be here tonight however her father, Mr. Williamson, is in the audience. Mr. Williamson can you please stand up.

Search and Rescue
Mr. Kevin Dirks, representing Chilliwack Search & Rescue; Mr. Marvin Anderson, representing Kent/Harrison Search & Rescue; and Mr. Barry Gannon, representing Hope Search & Rescue for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.


Each year, Chilliwack, Kent/Harrison and Hope Search and Rescue are called upon to assist the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment to help those in need who by either, misfortune, lack of experience or poor judgment find themselves in trouble in the outdoors.


Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization working under the direction of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Emergency Management of British Columbia and in coordination with Fire Departments, Emergency Health Services, and the B.C. Coroner Services. Chilliwack has 40 volunteers, Kent/Harrison 24 and Hope 19 volunteers.
Due to the diverse environment within the UFVRD, Search and Rescue’s capabilities include swift water rescue, rope rescue, helicopter extraction (long line), ground search and rescue, avalanche rescue, recoveries, and K9 units.
The countless and tireless hours of work and support that Search and Rescue provide the RCMP exemplifies dedication, professionalism and commitment to the communities you serve.

Mr. Gerald Baerg for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On August 10, 2013 while you were working at a local truck stop in Hope, B.C. you observed a very serious assault occurring and out of concern for the safety of the youth involved, contacted the Hope RCMP.

As a result of your quick actions, a full investigation occurred resulting in the apprehension and prosecution of the adult male.

Mr. Baerg, your sense of judgement in recognizing the need for police intervention and the compassion you demonstrated towards this youth shows you are truly a man of courage.

Cst. Marc Verrault and Cst. Francois Lewis for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation for saving the life of a suicidal male ready to jump from a bridge into the Fraser River.
On June 21, 2013 Constable Marc Verreault was on patrol in Hope, B.C. He was crossing a bridge over the Fraser River when he witnessed a man jump onto the bridge railing and remove his shoes and jacket. It was clear to Constable Verrault that the male was planning to jump into the fast moving river. Constable Verreault advised OCC, then engaged the man and was able to keep his attention until backup arrived.

Staff Sergeant Suki Manj and Constable Francois Lewis attended the scene and were able to quickly and quietly make their way up to the distraught man without being detected. Once close by, Constable Lewis, with the aid of Staff Sergeant Manj was able to reach out and pull the man down to safety without further incident.

The man was taken to the hospital for medical care where he was admitted for trying to take his life. Family members of the male were present on the bridge during the incident and they were very appreciative and complimentary of the member’s actions.

Constable Verreault, Staff Sergeant Manj and Constable Lewis demonstrated Professionalism and resourcefulness as they quickly assessed a dangerous situation and took the necessary actions to save a life.

Cst. Marc Verrault, and Cst. Francois Lewis for Presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation. Unfortunately S/Sgt. Manj was unable to join us.

Mr. Marc Coulson for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
In the early morning of August 26, 2013, Fraser Valley Traffic Services, Hope RCMP, B.C. Ambulance and Sunshine Valley Fire Department responded to a very serious Motor Vehicle Incident on Highway # 3, near Sunshine Valley, B.C.

Six people were injured during this incident with two being air lifted to Royal Columbian Hospital. The driver of the vehicle was initially trapped and unable to free himself.

While on your travels to the Kootenay’s, you came across this serious accident and immediately offered medical assistance to the six young men.

Your quick actions in recognizing the severity of the accident and offering medical assistance, shows your compassion and bravery and you are to be commended for those actions.

PSE Ms Sheila Hershey and PSE Ms Tamara Martel for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On March 27, 2013 while working in the District Records Office, Ms. Hershey, Ms Martel and Ms. Scarff heard a call for help from a fellow worker. They immediately rushed to Ms. Parmiter’s office to find her in medical distress.

Ms. Hershey took control of the situation by keeping Bev calm and applying first aid treatment to the affected area. During this time, Ms. Tamara Martel arrived and also assisted by offering first aid and keeping the situation calm. A third employee, Ms. Richele Scarff called 911 and waited to escort the first aid attendants into the office.

This was an extremely stressful situation for everyone involved due to severity of the medical issue. Ms. Parmiter was taken by ambulance to Chilliwack General Hospital Emergency for treatment and made a full recovery.

Ms. Hershey, Ms. Martel and Ms. Scarff all showed extreme composure during this medical emergency.

PSE Ms Richelle Scarff was unable to join us tonight.

Cpl. Keith Horwood, Csts. Jeff Van Woerden, Brittany Pillon and Dean Compagna for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
On August 14, 2013 Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment Members were dispatched to a local hotel to a complaint of a man with a knife.

Responding members located the male running in and out of traffic brandishing the knife and was being chased by hotel security. Our members engaged the male giving him verbal commands to drop the knife and surrender without success.

Corporal Horwood utilized a Conducted Energy Weapon with the oversight and assistance of Constable Pillon, Constable Van Woerden and Constable Compagna. The four members were able to safely take the distraught male into custody without any serious injuries to the male.

The arrest of the distraught male could have easily had a fatal outcome had the four members not worked together in a highly volatile situation during the arrest of this suspect.

Cst. Brian Theoret for presentation of the Officer In Charge Certificate of Appreciation.
In May 2010, while working as a School Liaison Officer in Hope, B.C. Constable Theoret observed there was disconnect between the RCMP and the local school children. Constable Theoret wanted to correct this disconnect, so remembering when he was a youth and how his school would run contests, he decided to do the same and developed a poster contest.

In conjunction with the RCMP, local schools and the businesses of Hope he encouraged the students to
prepare posters on topics that would be interesting and relative to current issues.

Constable Theoret has followed through on the project for three years and has covered the topics of: Impaired Driving, Drugs, Bicycle Safety and Bullying. In 2013, Constable Theoret received more than 180 contest entries. Local businesses donated a variety of prizes for the competing youth and many received prizes as a result of their efforts in the contest. Most recently, Constable Theoret created a calendar selecting the most prominent entrants so that parents, businesses and community members could proudly display the work. Constable Theoret has embraced the community spirit of Hope, motivated youth and helped with building bridges between the youth and the RCMP.

He is a very dedicated member who’s professionalism and commitment to his community does not go unnoticed.

F.Y.I. copies of posters created by the students and submitted to Cst. Theoret are currently displayed on the walls in the lobby area for your viewing.

Csts Malanie Boyle, Kevin Young, Shanon McGorman, Marie Pier Desrochers, Jordan Braid, Katherine Link, Cpl. Paul Emond and S/Sgt. Dave Eidet for presentation of the Officer In Charge Uniform Members Group Award.
As the Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, I wish to recognize and congratulate “B” Watch for their work in apprehending an armed male outside a local nightclub (reference file 2013-15643).
On May 22 a report was received that two male adults had been denied access to a local nightclub. One of the males reacted by producing a black hand gun and pointed it at the doorman.


Members of UFVRD General Duty “B” Watch responded and located both males near the nightclub. They were stopped via a “Code 5” take-down. One suspect complied, however, the second did not. He refused to react to police commands, was verbally abusive and resistant toward members. Compliance was gained through deployment of the CEW. The subject was searched and a black Taurus 9mm hand gun was located and seized.


I wish to recognize “B” Watch, who through coordinated teamwork and the strategic use of RCMP equipment and tactical strategies, arrested and charged two dangerous persons and seized a hand gun removing it from our streets.

Mam, Ladies and Gentlemen, Csts Malanie Boyle, Kevin Young, Shanon McGorman, Marie Pier Desrochers, Jordan Braid, Katherine Link, Cpl. Paul Emond and S/Sgt. Dave Eidet for presentation of the Officer In Charge Uniform Members Group Award. Csts. Cory Chaloner, Melanie Murdy, Reid Trustham, Naomi Versteeg, Osvaldo Campos-Ruiz and Simon Labine were unable to join us tonight.

S/Sgt. Sukh Parmar, Csts Kyla Lounsbury, Cody Tateyama, Cpls Derek Santosuosso, Harinder Kheleh, Brett Lounsbury, Brock Rayworth, Sgts. JD Fredette, Mike Arnott, S/Sgt. Tom Caverly, Civilian members Melissa Martel and Raman Dhaliwal for presentation of the Officer In Charge Plainclothes Members Group Award.
On July 3, 2013 the Serious Crime Unit took control of an extortion investigation. An unknown suspect had delivered two different extortion notes to the victim demanding a large amount of money to be paid if the victim wished to keep himself and his family safe.


While ensuring the victim and his family’s safety, the Serious Crime Unit utilized conventional and unconventional investigative techniques allowing them to identify a suspect. Within 8 days of the commencement of the investigation, the Serious Crime Unit arrested and charged the suspect with Extortion, Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm and Uttering Threats to Damage Property. The accused subsequently plead guilty to the charge of extortion.


I wish to recognize the members of the UFVRD Serious Crime Unit, who, through coordinated team work, long hours, diligence and professionalism, brought a very serious file to a successful conclusion.

S/Sgt. Sukh Parmar, Csts Kyla Lounsbury, Cody Tateyama, Cpls Derek Santosuosso, Harinder Kheleh, Brett Lounsbury, Brock Rayworth, Sgts. JD Fredette, Mike Arnott, S/Sgt. Tom Caverly, Civilian members Melissa Martel and Raman Dhaliwal for presentation of the Officer In Charge Plainclothes Members Group Award. Csts. Justine Hayward, Pete Westra, Valerie Wells, Cathleen Falebrinza, Julie Stewart, Ryan Marlatt, Melanie Murdy, Trina Rae, Trevor Nicholson, Adam Tallboy, Kevin McCarthy Cpls. Stephen Gartside, Tammy Hollingsworth, Victor Louie and civilian member Mark Friesen were unable to join us tonight.


Sgts. Stu Falebrinza NCO i/c Agassiz CPO, Sgt. Gerry Hansom, First Nation Policing, Cpl Harinder Kheleh, Serious Crime, Csts Mike Jordan, Intergrated Police Dog Services, Layne Penner, Seasonal Policing, Mr and Mrs Gene and Sandy Ralston, The Ralston Group, Mrs Darlene Wahlstrom, Victim Services Coordinator, Civilian Member Greg Thompson, Pilot Air Services, S/Sgt. Doug Gambicourt, E Division Dive Unit, S/Sgt Jeff Ketola, LMD Tac Team, Inspector Doug Mayard, LMD Emergency Response Team,Mr. Marvin Anderson, Kent/Harrison Search & Rescue for presentation of the Officer In Charge Exceptional Team Work Award.


As the Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, I wish to recognize and congratulate all internal and external partners involved in the search for Mr Salmon during the summer of 2013.

Though we were unable to come to a successful conclusion on this file, we worked as a “Team”. Together, those involved in this file represent tenacity, flexibility, professionalism, hard work, a strong ethical compass and diligence.
It is working together in such a fashion that defines the RCMP and it’s partners.


Sgts. Stu Falebrinza NCO i/c Agassiz CPO, Sgt. Gerry Hansom, First Nation Policing, Cpl Harinder Kheleh, Serious Crime, Csts Mike Jordan, Intergrated Police Dog Services, Layne Penner, Seasonal Policing, Mr and Mrs Gene and Sandy Ralston, The Ralston Group, Mrs Darlene Wahlstrom, Victim Services Coordinator, Civilian Member Greg Thompson, Pilot Air Services, S/Sgt. Doug Gambicourt, E Division Dive Unit, S/Sgt Jeff Ketola, LMD Tac Team, Inspector Doug Mayard, LMD Emergency Response Team, Mr. Marvin Anderson, Kent/Harrison Search & Rescue for presentation of the Officer In Charge Exceptional Team Work Award. Sgt. Mike Vander Schaaf, Forensic Identification Section was unable to join us tonight.

Chief Superintendent Brian Cantera, Acting Lower Mainland District Officer and representing Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Commanding Officer E Div. and Superintendent Deanne Burleigh said a few words.




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