The new Anahim Lake RCMP detachment was celebrated by the community earlier this week.
Al Richmond chair for the Cariboo Regional District was on hand.
“I think they said it worked through at least 4 different detachment commanders before it finally got done. So this is a combination of a lot of work of various commanders at Anahim Lake to try and bring this facility into a reality.”
Richmond says it was was a great event with a lot of community members and that it was really encouraging to see young people.
More than 150 people had attended Tuesday’s event in which the newest recruit to the Detachment, Constable Zack Plensky, had the honour of raising the Canadian flag before the Commanding Officer of BC RCMP, Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr saluted. The elementary students from the Anahim Lake Public School sang ‘O Canada’ and Elder Bella Leon of the Ulkatcho Nation provided a traditional First Nations blessing.
Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and Richmond offered their best wishes and presented Officer in Charge of the Detachment Sgt. Clay with a plaque made of blue pine in honour of the opening.
“The new Anahim Lake Detachment significantly expands and improves the policing presence in the community..It provides a far more effective centre from which to serve and protect the residents of Anahim Lake,” said Sgt. Clay in a media release.
(with files from BC RCMP)