Kamloops Mounties honoured for making it to Alexa’s Team

The 13 officers took a combined 156 impaired drivers off the road in 2019.

Kamloops Mounties who took 156 impaired drivers off the road have been honoured.


On April 27, Roxanne Engli, Kamloops community leader for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, attended the Kamloops RCMP Detachment to pay tribute to 13 police officers from the municipal and provincial traffic units who made it onto the 2019 Alexa’s Team.

article continues below

To maintain proper social distance, only a handful of officers attended the ceremony, which honoured their pre-pandemic efforts.


“You represent the extraordinary efforts and commitment police have to reducing impaired driving, preventing deadly crashes, and keeping our roads safe,” Engli said during her presentation.

Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes RCMP and municipal police officers in B.C. who demonstrate a commitment to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roadways.
The team was named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver as she was standing at the roadside feeding a horse in Delta in May 2008.

“Good traffic cops and those who take impaired drivers off the road save more lives than any other unit,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said. “They’re very passionate about what they do. I hope it’s something they never get tired of because it means so much to us.”


To be nominated for Alexa’s Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol from the road in the previous calendar year through a Criminal Code investigation or the immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) administrative process, in addition to issuing administrative driving prohibitions, IRP fails and IRP refusals.
“

We know that impaired drivers kill and injure the most people on the roadways,” Kamloops RCMP CPl. Wayne Chung said. “In memory of Alexa, it’s an inspiration to remove these people from the roadway before their actions tragically impact the lives of others.”


The 2019 Alexa Team Members recognized by Engli include:

• Wayne Chung

• Patrick Ellis

• David Bigcharles

• Mike Scherpenisse

• Dan Eccleston

• Mark Richardson

• Matt James

• Paul Koester

• Dawn Gillingham

• Gordon Sauer

• Cody Fisher

• Scott Richards

• Mark Blacklock

 

© Kamloops This Week

 


KAMLOOPS WEATHER

Question of the Week POLL

How often to do use either library in Kamloops via in-person visits to the locations?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.