It is rather unfortunate that our national police force has been involved in so many controversies during the past couple of years. From the tragic Tasering incidents to inappropriate behaviour by certain members have overshadowed some of the commendable work a lot of dedicated RCMP officers have been doing.
Certainly, this once proud force has its work cut out. Let's hope the top management will be able to rectify and restore the force's image. Unfortunately the negative publicity generated, casts a shadow on the entire membership. On the whole, a vast majority of RCMP officers are doing a great job. Take for example, the Richmond RCMP.
This agency consisting of more than 226 well-trained, competent professionals is a credit to Richmond. Richmond RCMP is one of the most culturally diverse forces in the province. Eighty-five of its officers also speak another language in addition to English.
These bilingual members assist other units or sections throughout the Lower Mainland when translators aren't readily available. This fits well with Richmond as a model of multiculturalism and multilingualism.
RCMP's six guiding principles - integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability - reflect its dedication to provide the citizens of Richmond with a safe community and homes.
It is a great credit to our officers for providing excellent leadership. Initiatives like restorative justice, positive tickets, an emphasis on youth and the formation of a multicultural advisory committee are only some of the worthwhile initiatives undertaken by Richmond RCMP.
Youth is one of the major priorities of Richmond RCMP. About ten years ago, 25 officers formed Tem Izzat. They have volunteered for numerous hours in helping young people with mentorship, sports and other activities. As part of their School Sports and Onsite Programs, RCMP officers escort youth to Canucks and Lions games.
Similarly, the multicultural advisory committee, launched a few years ago, is another commendable initiative. This committee assists the RCMP in providing the best possible service to the citizens.
The main objective is to provide advice to our police chief and his staff on various matters.
These initiatives have made Richmond one the most innovative, well-managed and progressive communities in Canada. Naturally, it is a matter of great pride for all of us.
Balwant Sanghera Richmond