Saturday, August 8, 2015
Keeping the Peace
Recognizing our troops at home and abroad
By Sgt. Dale Carr, Surrey RCMP
Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Community Services Officer, Surrey RCMP.
ugust 9th marks National Peacekeepers’ Day and an opportunity to honour and remember all Canadian peacekeepers who have served or are currently serving in support of peace operations around the world.
The Surrey RCMP would like to recognize the many men and woman who have altruistically accepted the challenge of working and living overseas, primarily in developing or failed states. Over 3,500 Canadian police officers have served on international peace missions through the RCMP since 1989.
Three Surrey RCMP members share their experiences on peacekeeping missions around the globe:
Sergeant Paul Reshaur – District Commander, District 2 (Guildford)
“I was deployed from 2009 to 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. I worked under the European Union Police Mission with police officers from Europe and Canada. I was a training advisor to the Afghan National Police, prosecutors and judges. We learned a lot from each other and had an incredible camaraderie that, as police officers, crosses international boundaries. While the Afghans were very basic in their policing techniques by western standards, we were able to learn from them and marvel at their stoicism given the incredibly dangerous conditions in which they worked.” Click here to read more of Sgt. Reshaur’s story.
Constable Mike Scoretz - General Duty police officer, “C” Watch
I was in the Armed Forces from 1996 to 2009 during which time I was deployed to Kosovo, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. My employment specialty was Explosive Device Disposal. In 2006 I worked with a number of RCMP officers who were attached to the Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Afghan National Police’s operational mentors. Working with those Mounties led me to apply to join the RCMP in 2008. When I was posted to Surrey in 2011, I re-joined the Primary Reserve where I serve as a secondary employment with 39 Combat Engineer Regiment as a Troop Warrant Officer. The dream of being Canadian is something that people worldwide aspire to and it informs how I police.
Inspector Ghalib Bhayani – Community Services Officer
In 2007 I was the Regional Chief of Security for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The mission changed my life. It provided me an opportunity to view the operations of the UN first hand and how countries previously in conflict with one another – countries with deep historical hate for one another – can work alongside one another at the humanitarian level. At end of mission, I felt a need to leave a foot print behind. Another RCMP member and I co-founded a charity called Someday is Now International. The charity is Canadian and Sudanese registered and all funds contributed are directed at projects related to women and children, education and maternal health.
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