A Word of Thank You

The men and women of the RCMP in BC take great pride in providing professional service to the communities they serve. It is reassuring for them to hear that they have made a difference in someone's life. If you have had a good experience with one of our RCMP members, units or detachments, we encourage you to email us about it in the official language of your choice at bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Surrey, 2022-09-04

On Dec 28th, 2020, I, Jason Nolin, did commit a criminal act,it was stupid, immature and embarrassing.  I was met with Constable L Warkentin of the Surrey R.C.M.P.  I was not a pleasant individual to say the least. lol.  However, right from the get go, Constable Warkentin was 100 percent professional, respectful, engaged in actually listening and very articulate in what was going to happen.  After gathering the necessary information from multiple sources, Constable Warkentin informed me of what I already knew was inevitable.  Taking into account the circumstances, he made a judgement call to release my with a Promise to Appear. 

When it was all said and done,  I told my wife that was the most professional, respectful, engaged and straight shooter of law enforcement I'd ever had an encounter with.

It's almost 2 years later.  I'm almost finished my probation, I've completed my court ordered classes, and I'm a productive member of society. I honestly, from the bottom of my soul know that this professional law enforcement officer handled it above and beyond.  I owe my freedom, my job, my life to this man, Constable L Warkentin.  I truly thank you sir.  I hope you are safe and well. it took me awhile to write this, as I now know I'm a changed man, a better man, an honest citizen because he made a difference in my life.  God bless you all.

Jason Nolin


Whistler, 2022-08-12

We are writing to let you know about the professionalism, courage, and invaluable assistance provided by Cst Antoine Graebling on Thursday, August 4-5, 2022.

I was hiking along the Cheakamus Lake Trail, when I encountered a large brown bear (either a smaller grizzly bear or a larger cinnamon-brown black bear). I'm an experienced hiker and I have encountered bears in the past, without incident. I did everything I could to de-escalate and to put distance between myself and this bear, but absolutely nothing worked. This bear relentlessly stalked me along the trail for multiple kilometers and many hours. When I encountered another hiker, we both had no choice but to retreat to the end of the trail, where we were trapped because the bear was blocking the trail and would not back down.

When I called 911 asking for help, Cst Graebling did not hesitate. He gave us good advice and then set off on the trail, in the late evening, knowing that he was heading toward an aggressive bear in the dark. He hiked for several hours to get to us and then led us back out, safe and unharmed. We are both deeply grateful to him. If it wasn't for Cst Graebling, we could have been seriously injured.

We wanted to share our appreciation for the BC RCMP and especially for Cst Graebling. He represents the very best of the police force and we hope he gets the recognition he so deeply deserves.

Thank you so much,

VV and MS


Mission, 2022-08-02

Hello,

A few words of thanks to both Cst. Poirier and Cst. Oates from the Mission RCMP detachment.

My son has struggled with both Mental health and addiction issues for most of his adult life. Cst. Poirier and Cst. Oats have both been involved with him during the course of their duties more times than they can probably count and I would like to thank them for their incredible compassion and dedication to getting him the help he needs. As a mother this doesn’t always take the road I would like but they have been incredible at keeping me in the loop and allowing me to be a part of the process. Our Mental health care in BC has many gaps and they have worked hard to overcome those gaps and advocate for him and many others like him. I am sure our journey together is not over but I wanted to thank them officially for their hard work and dedication to some of our most vulnerable population and their families.

Words can not express my gratitude. You have both truly made a difference.

Carlisa Nesse (she/her)


Sooke, 2022-07-29

Hello,

The RCMP in Sooke have helped me endlessly, patiently, respectfully.

You see I have a mental illness that both they and I wish would resolve.

I write thank you notes of poetry( something new to me) to many members.

This is to Cst. Kent Williams after he found me after I had taken an intentional overdose

It's early

Still dark

The car door opens and a voice says to come out

Out of the car she finds safety in

And refugee

And a bit of God

She is disturbed by the voice again

Come out or I'll pull you out

He hesitantly to pokes her back

She replies' don't touch me'

He is torn by the need to get her out

And respecting her need not to be touched

He says

Once

Twice

Three times

" I will pull you out"

Respect holds

She feels it

Respect for her

Honor for him

With thanks,

Peggy Jones


Langley, 2022-07-29

Dear Langley RCMP,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the work all of you do everyday, and I am especially grateful for the officers who put themselves in harm’s way to keep the citizens of Langley safe on the morning of July 25th. Being a police officer has never been an easy job, but it seems to me that these times are especially challenging. I hope that in some small way, knowing that you are appreciated helps! Thank you for all you do for us.

BD


North Cowichan/Duncan, 2022-07-25

Dear Members of the Detachment,

I wanted to take the time to thank all of you formally and to acknowledge Officer Wes Richens for his assistance on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. I really can't tell you how good it felt to see Officer Richens put his cruiser behind me and my little Smart car to help divert traffic on the Trans-Canada and keep me safe. My car suddenly, and at speed, lost its entire rear wheel, pitching me into a sudden stop in the driving lane. Those logging trucks and 18-wheelers looked very large as they whizzed by and I was very grateful they were able to avoid hitting me, my car and my wheel as it briefly lay in the passing lane.

I am glad every single one of you, in the office or out in the community, are doing your important work and I hope you find it meaningful. I am very conscious that many of you are ready to lay your physical safety (to the point of your potential death), on the line daily to protect me, everyone on the road, and society in general. I realize that the stress generated in your job puts your emotional and mental health on the line as well. This willingness to sacrifice makes you every-day heroes to me.

I extend this acknowledgment to the RCMP across Canada, as well. More people are willing to take the time to criticize than to acknowledge the great good the Force has done since its inception. It was a good opportunity for me to take that time.

I thank you all

Kind regards,
K. Clark


Kamloops, 2022-07-18

I just wanted to thank the officer who just stopped by my home to drop off my driver's license (18 July 2022, 1:30 pm).

I lost my license months ago, and, even though I cancelled it right away and replaced it, it was in the back of my mind wondering who might have it and what they might be doing with it. It actually turned up a ways away from where I lost it, so I especially appreciate that the officer took the time to run it in the system to make sure that it hadn't been used by anyone suspiciously since.

I'm sorry that I didn't get the officer's name or badge number, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciate him going out of his way to do this. Thank you so much!

D.S.


Fort Nelson, 2022-07-12

Letter of Appreciation

It is with at most sincerity and gratitude that I am writing this letter.

On June 13th my family was up at Muncho Lake camping and my husband tripped over our dog’s lead and hit his leg/knee on a tree and was in excruciating pain. Panic set in as I have never heard anyone scream that way let alone my husband.

Constable Ryan Turple was camping a few spots down from us and came to help. Constable Turple showed amazing knowledge and knew right away not to move him and that his leg was broken. He secured his leg and made sure he was as comfortable as could be on the ground.

He took Allan’s vitals every 10 min and helped calm him down, me as well. Constable Turple was on his own holidays with his family but he stayed with us until the ambulance showed up (4 or 5 hrs later) and helped load him into the ambulance. Allan broke his leg just under his knee and ended up getting medevac’d.

It might not seem like much, but to our family we will always be grateful for his knowledge, companion and would like to express our deepest appreciation.

Thank you.

Allan and Rhonda


Lake Cowichan, 2022-06-21

Regarding Bruce Coles and Shannon Savinkoff of the Lake Cowichan Detachment: This is a very emotional note for me to compose because these two wonderful representatives of your Department along with the community members of Youbou, BC. quite literally have restored my faith in mankind. And I do not say this lightly. Briefly, on Tuesday, June 7, I found myself hopelessly stranded while straddling Shaw creek about 15 km northeast of Youbou. After 6 days of total isolation I was just about giving up hope of being found. On Sunday the 12th an equally lost but mobile family found me and notified the RCMP.

By late afternoon, Coles and Savinkoff arrived and extricated me from my dilemma. There is a lot more that was involved but I want this to be read. So how is it that they restored my Faith? God I hope that I do not get them into trouble…. They took me to the local Inn in Lake Cowichan to secure a room so that I could clean up and get some rest. I was a mess physically and emotionally. I had forgotten my wallet in my vehicle and had no cash, credit cards or ID. The clerk was not willing to give me a room without cash or ID. After some weird conversation with the clerk, Bruce Coles pulls out his personal credit card to pay for the room. Saying that he trusts me for it. This if from a man that I had just met two hours before.

I am 76 years old and have some mobility issues. Coles and Savinkoff walked me and my baggage to my room to make sure I was secure. They asked me if I was hungry and soon brought me a meal and beverage. Again on them. This time Savinkoff. It does not end here.

Next morning Bruce Coles shows up at 9 am to take me to an auto shop that will be able to help me retrieve my van. Oh yeah, we stop off on the way and he buys me breakfast. There is no way to express the emotion that I am experiencing while writing this. There is so much more to this story but I do not want to bore you. These two representatives of your agency were an integral part of this community that literally saved my physical and emotion life. I know because… I am a retired Peace Officer after 30 years of service. And I do not know that I have ever met anyone in our vocation that would go this far beyond the call of duty. I am not a religious man, but these two were my Angels when I needed them.

Very sincerely,
Richard Rose
Portland, Oregon


Yahk, 2022-06-21

Hello,

I want to pass on my appreciation for one of your officers that I had the opportunity to meet yesterday. My wife and I were travelling back from a vacation in the Slocan Valley area on June 20. We were coming through Yahk, BC and into the intersection of Hwy 3 and Hwy 95 at 14:50 hrs. I was driving over the posted speed limit, unaware at the time. The officer signalled that I needed to stop, and so I pulled over to a rest stop across the highway adjacent to the truck weigh scale. The officer was very professional, and while fulfilling his duties, was able to put me at ease while making me aware of my mistake. I very much appreciate his style of service to the public and his method of handling the situation. I was definitely in the wrong, and he went above and beyond to make me aware of the law, my current situation and the importance of safe driving on BC (and all public) roads. The officer's name is S. Chaloske (or could be Schalcoske). Badge # SW 13 -based out of Cranbrook BCHP.

I hope you can pass on my appreciation to this officer for his very skilled handling of the situation and for doing his job and making me appreciate the very important work that the RCMP do to keep our roadways and communities safe for all to enjoy.

Sincerely,
Grant Fleming


Ladysmith, 2022-06-16

This is Nate LaBine from ambulance 159J2 from Ladysmith.

Today at 1610 me and my partner were called to an event regarding a young lady with a developmental disorder. Often during these situations, our crews are tasked with talking down citizens having an emotional emergency, but we were not required in this case.

The attending officer [JLG] (a constable I believe but cannot recall) was calm, kind, and supportive to the young woman. Even though she was initially resistant to aid, she responded incredibly well to the patient and reassuring tone of this officer. He took responsibility for her wellness, and I suspect his actions prevented a violent outbreak from reoccurring.

Well done. You are the man.

Best,
Nate and Drew from Ladysmith


Coquitlam, 2022-05-03

Hello,

Just wanted to pass along a big thank you to a Coquitlam RCMP officer D. Nand.

We were at Lions Park on Saturday April 16 in Port Coquitlam for my sons 4th birthday party - a police/fire/rescue themed party as he loves and idolizes first responders.

The officer was doing a patrol/walk thru park and my son chased after him to talk to a real police officer.

D. Nand was fantastic, he made the time and extra effort to walk us back to his police car where he handed out stickers, allowed my son and his friends to see the police cruiser, and of course turned the lights on for the kids.

Amazing public service and attention to the community was demonstrated.

Please pass on a big thank you to D. Nand and the extra mile he went here to make his day extra special.

I hope that you and the rest of RCMP knows the community appreciates all that you do (it can't be easy dealing with some of the situations you are forced to deal with).

Appreciate the extra effort that was put in.

Thank you!

JN, CN, and LN


West Kelowna, 2022-05-02

Good afternoon,

I wanted to pass on a review for the West Kelowna location.

I had theft at my property and contacted the West Kelowna RCMP to assist with the situation. The team was prompt to investigate, and the matter was resolved instantly. Their communication was punctual and professional. I am thankful for your efforts. I feel that we as a community and a business are fortunate to have the West Kelowna RCMP here to serve and protect in such a positive way. Cant say thank you enough.

Curt Schlosser
Granite Developments


Prince George, 2022-04-05

Hello,

I live in Prince George BC. I had a mishap with my groceries flying out of the back hatch of my suv. Thank goodness no one was hurt. Im taking my Jeep in asap to get the latch sensor looked at. A kind RCMP Officer blocked off the lane and told me he will assist by picking up my Rice Krispie squares that were all over the road. Another man came to help collect my items while I backed up my vehicle to the food.

I was so embarrassed. With the help Of this officer and man I was able to get almost all of my items back very quickly.

Here is the post I put on our shout out page in Prince George.

Hell Yeah Prince George tweet sent by Rebecca Mackie at 8:30 - Shout out to the man and RCMP officer that helped me get my groceries off the road on Ospika this afternoon.  The latch on my suv must not have clicked fully?! Anyways, gload no one was hurt or vehicle damaged from fly away groceries! Sadly, the Costco lasagna, blackberries and a few other items didn't make it.

Rebecca Mackie


Kamloops, 2022-04-05

April 1, 2022, RCMP were called at 15:00 to [address] in Kamloops BC. 2 officers responded, as well as CAR 40 for a transport to hospital due to aggression.

I am writing this to say that we, as a business who deals with vulnerable adults with cognitive disabilities, had an excellent experience. Events like this can have a detrimental effect to our individuals served if not handled in an appropriate way, and the outcome could have been incredibly traumatic to the gentleman needing assistance- RCMP assistance is always a last resort in our residential home due to this. All officers who responded were incredibly kind and patient with our individual in crisis, all officers involved made a visible effort to use people first language when speaking about disability, and they spoke to him in a way that was respectful, patient and kind despite him not being able to comprehend the conversation taking place. The constable working with the car 40 nurse was exceptionally great and did a fantastic job in keeping the individual calm, using appropriate language, providing reassurance and support to the individual and having him be a willing participant in his transport. I am incredibly grateful for the handlings by the RCMP officers and the Interior Health Nurse who attended the scene, and just wanted to take a moment to pass the appreciation and recognition along and say thank you to the officers who attended! I do not remember their names, but they all did an excellent job.

Thanks,
K. Ingram


Duncan, 2022-02-14

Thumbnail of thank you letter to Duncan

To the city of Duncan,

I wanted to say a great big thank you to the police officers, firemen paramedics and every essential worker for all their hard work for keeping your citizens in Duncan very safe. You all have worked so hard on keeping Duncan safe during the hard and challenging times with Covid-19. We all work together as a team such as police, firemen, paramedics and every essential working has done avery great job on making a living together. Thank you so much for all of your hard work for keeping Duncan safe. Keep up the good work. You're doing a great job and I hope that Covid will come to an end soon. Thank you.

Thank you Duncan. City of Totems.


Nanaimo, 2022-02-11

Handwritten thank you letter

To the Nanaimo RCMP,

I just wanna say thank you. A great big thank you for taking care of our citizens in Nanaimo. All of you officers have worked so hard on keeping everybody in Nanaimo safe and happy. We all have worked very hard together as a team such as police, firement, paramedics, nurses, health care and essential workers all over Canada, and everywere all around the world to make a living during those hard times with Covid 19. I know that it's been a very hard and challenging 2 years living with Covid 19, but you all worked very hard on stopping the spread of Covid 19. I hope that Covid comes to an end real soon. Kepp up the great work and good job. Thank you so much.


Williams Lake, 2022-02-02

Hi Cpl. Squire,

I would like to thank the Williams Lake RCMP for their calm and professional service during the break-in incident at our pharmacy the night of Feb. 1, and the following day. Cpl. Squires who attended the break-in, and the officers who followed up the next day when DG arrived, were calm, professional, and respectful to our employees as well as DG. They picked him up quietly and without incident. The offender is a vulnerable man with numerous personal challenges, and while I wasn't thrilled that our business was broken into, I appreciated the care and respect that he was shown by the RCMP.

Our community is fortunate to have RCMP officers that approach and manage a wide variety of challenges and situations with such respect, humility and professionalism.

David & staff at Kornak & Hamm's Pharmacy


Sechelt, 2022-01-31

I want to send out big hugs and thank you to the Sechelt RCMP and the other emergency response teams from the area and the people to help my husband on January 17th 2022 when my husband crashed our vehicle in the ditch on highway 101 by Halfmoon Bay area early in the morning.
I want to thank all you wonderful people for helping my husband and just so very grateful my husband is still here with us. Unfortunately our vehicle is not.
Great job everyone ❤️❤️

Sarah Newbie


Parksville, 2022-01-04

I would just like to send in a kudos to the RCMP officer that pulled me over last night. I was driving a young girl home from work and had forgotten to turn my headlights on. She was very nervous when she realized we were being pulled over. I had immediately realized it was my headlights so was not worried. The male officer came up and very nicely said "It would be easier to see if you turned your lights on" and then we both had a good laugh. His way of handling the situation made a huge impression on the young girl that I was driving home as she commented on it the rest of the way home. Whoever that officer was I would like to thank you for making a difference in our community.

JG

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