By Sgt. Ted deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, October 30 to November 6, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 49 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to:

This week has seen a slowdown in our calls for service as the shoulder season in the valley is upon us. Halloween saw lots of ghosts and goblins wandering the streets; however, everyone was behaving themselves and fun and candy was had by all. 

Some of the ghosts and goblins may have even received some candy from one of our RCMP members on duty that night.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, a few off-duty RCMP members attended the 50th annual Firefighter’s Ball at the Columbia Valley Centre. It was a great event with good food and lots of items available to be won and bid on. Congratulations to those firefighters that received awards.  

Our members are very appreciative of the invaluable skills our fellow first responders in the community bring to calls for service.

This coming Saturday is Remembrance Day. This past year was an unprecedented year in Canadian policing.  

Along with remembering our fallen military brothers and sisters,  we remember the eight police officers in Canada who have died in the line of duty since last Remembrance Day: Cst. Gregorz Pierzchala, Ontario Provincial Police – Dec 27, 2022; Cst. Travis Jordan and Cst. Brett Ryan, Edmonton Police Service – March 16, 2023; Sgt. Maureen Breau, Surete Du Quebec – March 27, 2023; Cst. Harvinder Singh Dhami, Strathcona County RCMP – April 10, 2023; Sgt. Eric Mueller, Ontario Provincial Police – May 11, 2023; Det-Cst. Steven Tourangeau, Ontario Provincial Police – May 29, 2023; Cst. Rick O’Brien, Ridge Meadows RCMP – September 22, 2023.