RCMP constable helps residents learn that the police are allies
The goal of an RCMP constable’s visit to Portage Keremeos
in November was to try to dispel the negative image that many residents have of police officers. When the uniformed constable first walked in, some of the residents were visibly put on edge. However, through an intimate discussion, whereby the constable shared her personal story of a troubled past and how she overcame obstacles to achieve her goals and dreams, the residents began to open up to her, asking her questions and sharing their own experiences. She stayed for lunch and had some one-on-one chats with the residents.
The desired end result was achieved. Residents learned that they should look past the uniform – that cops are just people like them, with names, faces, and families.
The RCMP constable was also very affected by the visit and wanted to maintain a connection to the centre. She was back the following week, setting up an exercise program for the residents on her own personal time. As a former personal trainer, she has been teaching them how to establish and work towards personal athletic goals, how to stretch, and how to use equipment without hurting themselves.