Acts of kindness, heroism and the dedication to duty were honoured at a special ceremony hosted by the RCMP’s officer in charge for the Upper Fraser Valley detachment last week.
Superintendent Deanne Burleigh’s annual event recognizes excellence, exceptional performance and service to the community.
“You should all be very proud of your achievements and for this afternoon’s recognitions,” said Supt. Burleigh.
“To your friends, family and co-workers, thank-you for your continued support. Without you, these ordinary people could not do the extra ordinary things they have done”.
Over 80 awards were presented to officers, support staff, and civilians during the ceremony for their actions including:
• Officers who successfully prevented a distressed woman from jumping into traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway from an overpass.
• A civilian who purchased gifts for a young family victimized by thieves on Christmas Eve.
• A Chilliwack business which donates proceeds of their profits toward Christmas Breakfast for local families.
• Investigators of the Chilliwack Drug Unit who removed drugs from the streets of Chilliwack and closed down crack houses in the community.
One of the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation to the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UFVRD) Crime Reduction Unit Drug Section for their accomplishments over the past year. In 2015 the Chilliwack Drug Unit executed 65 search warrants as part of the team’s investigation of Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) and Criminal Code offences in the detachment area. In one investigation the team targeted the street level distribution of heroin. Officers executed a number of CDSA search warrants during their investigation as they gathered evidence which led to arrests and 45 charges against alleged drug dealers.