Surrey RCMP hosts Officer in Charge Awards

Seventh annual event held at Bell Centre for Performing Arts.

Police know the job is tough and has inherent danger, but from time to time officers function beyond the call in the face of great adversity.

Their efforts don’t always make headlines, but they’re noted by Surrey RCMP’s upper echelon.

Those officers were honoured Wednesday at the Officer in Charge Awards held at the Bell Centre for the Performing Arts.

“They are representative of the types of situations where police officers are forced to engage in that present risk,” Assistant Commissioner Fraser MacRae told The Leader Friday. “I think all of us as police officers understand there’s inherent risk in our duties, but that risk doesn’t manifest itself every day you come to work.”

The awards are also a chance for the officers’ families to get a close look at the kind of work the job entails.

On the list this year is Crown Counsel Theresa Mitchell-Banks, who tried gangster James Bacon for possession of a firearm.

Besides the threat inherent in trying a gangster, Mitchell-Banks faced several challenges in obtaining a guilty verdict.

Also honoured Wednesday were a host of police officers who worked for a decade bringing Vic Fraser’s killer to justice.

Here is a list of other people receiving awards:

 

 

 

Officer in Charge Commendations

Corporal Shaun Begg

For his efforts in helping attend to a violent and disturbed man who was in severe medical distress on Feb. 4, 2010.

Staff Sergeant Lori Greig, Sergeant Julie Moss, Corporal Mike Hall, Constables Marcus Muntener, and undercover operators

For their outstanding performance in the investigation into an unsolved homicide case (Victor Fraser) which occurred over 10 years ago in Surrey.

Constable André Johnny

For his outstanding actions in rescuing a disabled female during an apartment fire on Dec. 11, 2010.

Corporal Kevin Cyr

For his outstanding efforts on a file involving a serious stranger sexual assault of a young child on April 23, 2010.

Corporal Lynn Young and Constable Drew Hobbs

For their outstanding efforts investigating the brutal aggravated assault of an 88 year old male on Oct. 2, 2009.

Telecoms Operator Ms. Tasha Smith, Corporal Mickey Harding, and Constables Christopher Waterhouse and Robert Katic

For their outstanding efforts in rescuing a suicidal female on July 31, 2010.

Corporal Bho Dhaliwal

For his outstanding performance in conducting an investigation into a missing persons case which resulted in a homicide investigation on Jan. 15, 2010.

United States Border Patrol Agent Lucas Shulman

For his outstanding actions in coming to the aid of a Surrey RCMP officer and his Police Service Dog on April 25, 2010.

Constable Rob Dyck and Mr. James Forliti

For their outstanding actions on Sept. 5, 2010, in helping to contain a vehicle fire which was dangerously close to a residence in Surrey.

Sergeant Celso DeLemos, Corporal Scottie Schumann, Constables Jason Duin, Brian Pierschke, and Arone Tillen

For their outstanding actions in dealing with a suicidal male who was in medical distress on June 4, 2010.

Constable John Douglas

For his outstanding actions in preventing an assault while off-duty on May 2, 2010.

Constables Amberia Sovdi and Leanne Krauss

For their outstanding service in conducting a historical sexual assault investigation on May 29, 2008.

Constable Daryl Remin

For his outstanding actions in providing life-saving resuscitation to an assault victim who required medical attention on Aug. 19, 2010.

Sergeant Shawn Boudreau and Corporal Kevin Cyr

For their outstanding service in conducting an investigation into threats against fellow law enforcement officers on June 21, 2010.

Corporal Joelle Scriver and Constables Robert Keay, Luc Leger, Gareth Bradley,  Rajkamal Grewal and Freddie Moon

For their outstanding efforts in responding to and conducting an investigation into a brutal assault and armed robbery which occurred on June 19, 2010.

Constables Ranjit Seehra and Lucas Sovio

For their outstanding actions in dealing with an armed male involved in a domestic incident on July 28, 2010.

Corporal Michael Hall and Crown Counsel Ms. Theresa Mitchell-Banks

For his outstanding performance in conducting a complex and difficult firearms investigation and prosecution against a gang member, James Bacon, in April, 2007.

Constables James Bagnell, Amy Doan, Stefan Moxness, Russell Eke and Daniel Ricapa

For their outstanding actions on Oct. 1, 2010, in dealing with a suicidal male with a knife.

Corporals Heather Matthew and Lynn Young

For their outstanding performance in conducting a sexual assault investigation into the criminal activities of a Canadian Border Services Guard in the spring of 2007.

Sergeant Bob Pinkewycz, and Constables Robert Keay, Ranjit Seehra, Raymond Richings, Ryan McConaghy, Jesse Gudjonson, Aaron Labrum, and Paul Sidhu, and Claudio Maurizio and Police Service Dog ‘Racer’

For their efforts in responding to the scene of a homicide in Surrey on Aug. 30, 2010.

Constable Drew Hobbs

For his outstanding performance in conducting an investigation into a kidnapping incident related to two victims involved in the drug trade on Dec. 1, 2009.

Constable Tanya Hermann

For their efforts in performing life-saving resuscitation  on an individual who was in severe medical distress on June 3, 2010.

Officer in Charge Certificates of Appreciation

Staff Sergeant Geoff Shaw

For his efforts in photographically capturing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police participation at the City of Surrey’s Holland Park Olympic venue during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Surrey.

Sergeant Alex Mulvihill, Constables Kevin Ray, Daryl Remin, Gregory Cheyne and Nurse Malcolm Jenkins

For their outstanding efforts in dealing with a suicidal female on the Pattullo Bridge on Nov. 14, 2010.

Constable Julie Bion

For her valuable contributions and dedication to the Surrey Detachment Youth Section’s School Liaison  Team in Surrey.

Constables Tyler Ennis, Stefan Moxness, Colin Paul, and Aux. Constable Michael Ward

For their outstanding efforts in rescuing a suicidal female on July 31, 2010.

Constable Eric Kim

For his efforts assisting in an investigation into a Coquitlam kidnapping and assault incident which occurred on July 24, 2010.

Ms. Marjorie Munkley and Ms. Lindsay Pearce

For their outstanding service in conducting a complex and difficult firearms prosecution against a gang member, James Bacon, in December, 2007.

Constable Robert Pretty

For his valuable contributions and dedication to the Surrey Detachment Restorative Justice Program in Surrey.

Telecoms Operator Ms. Debbie Weise

For her outstanding actions in dispatching officers to the location of a suspect involved in a stabbing incident on Oct. 17, 2010.

Constable Glen Croutch

For his valuable contributions to the Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) dedicated to high-profile collisions in Surrey.

Staff Sergeant Claude Castonguay, Sergeant Aaron Paradis, Constables Ryan Walsh, Eric Heuft, and Marc Kinden

For their efforts in helping rescue a convicted offender who was in severe medical distress suffering from a life threatening infection on March 19, 2010.

Constable David MacDonald and Constable Sarah Schuck

For their efforts in performing life-saving resuscitation on an individual who was in severe medical distress on June 3, 2010.Long Service Awards

Staff Sergeant Ka-sing Ng

20 years service

Staff Sergeant Blair McColl

35 years service