Well ladies and gentlemen, this will be the last post for 2012, the first year for this blog. December has been fairly short on updates, it’s been a busy month both at work and at home with the family.
On the home front, we’ve added a new member to our family with the adoption of Major. A 5 month old German Shepard mix that we fell in love with at the Delta Community Animal Shelter. My wife has never had a dog, and our boys are still pretty young so it’s been a bit of an adjustment but Major is settling in very well and is a part of our family. He’s as goofy as our boys are with the energy to match!
Work wise December was a bad month for impaired drivers even with the province wide ICBC CounterAttack Campaign and many Operation Red Nose volunteers we still had far too many impaired drivers getting caught. One night shift alone I was the Qualified Technician for 2 criminal impaired driving investigations and the lead investigator on 2 others.
When you add winter road conditions into the mix, you also see an increase of motor vehicle collisions. Some of the collisions we saw also involved alcohol.
As our rotation for December saw several weekend night shifts I had the pleasure of having several of our reserve constables out with me for ride alongs. A significant number of our new recruits come from the reserve program (including yours truly). Reserve constables receive a subset of regular member training and are sworn in as Municipal reserve constables and while on duty and under supervision of a regular constable they have similar legal authority. Reserve constables are also 100% volunteer, they are not compensated for their time.
I enjoy having reserves out with me. For me it’s an opportunity to coach and practice some different leadership skills. It’s also a great way to keep my mind sharp and talk through why I’m doing what I’m doing with someone.
For our reserves it’s a great way to see if a career in policing is really right for them. Each shift they work is also a mini assessment as the member they are with will present a report to recruiting about them. I have a lot of respect for our reserves whose volunteer time benefits the community and is constantly assessed, it’s not an easy role to play.
I had a bit of a change of pace as well in the latter half of the month as I arrived first on scene to an armed bank robbery, I became the lead investigator for the case. The suspect fled but we were able to identify him through CCTV footage. He also matched the description for several other armed robberies in the lower mainland. Linking all these cases together landed me the opportunity to work with our Criminal Investigation Branch and the Robbery/Strike Force teams as well as the robbery teams for several other jurisdictions. While I can not get into details the investigation involved video and photo identification, fingerprint analysis, DNA analysis, surveillance and a considerable amount of teamwork involving multiple teams across multiple agencies. While Delta only had one robbery in this series of almost a dozen, our patrol officers identified the suspect and our CIB teams were instrumental in the arrest of the suspect. It was great to be a part of the overall investigation.
The bigger picture
I’ve had a lot of feedback from people and a common theme I hear is “I never imagined police did that” or “I never would have thought police respond to that”, etc. If you’ve read my blog through for the year you’d see a lot of variety in the calls and work that I get to do. This is one of the aspects I absolutely love about this job. There’s a bigger picture though, I’m one of approximately 17 police officers on my platoon, with 4 platoons on Patrol and Patrol is only the front line section of our department. There are just under 200 police officers in Delta and not one of us has a day the same as any other. Add our civilian staff and our volunteers and there are quite a number of people that work with the Delta Police to make Delta a safer and better community.
While we only officially launched this blog to the public in September 2012, I’ve been writing since March. I’ve had some great feedback and I’m happy to hear that the community finds the information useful and interesting. In the 4 months this blog has been public we’ve had just under 17,000 hits. I’m pretty excited for what 2013 will bring. I think there’s real benefit in Police embracing social media and look forward to continually improving what we bring to you in the coming months.
One of the real strengths in social media is the dialogue. I’d encourage you, the reader, to post comments and questions.
2013 will bring the 125th anniversary of the Delta Police and I’m proud to be a part of it.