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Posted: November 21, 2012

How the RCMP deal with the distraught

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

The Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment this last week was called on a couple of times to deal with persons who have been distraught. I will not mention the incidents as privacy is of importance in many of these situations.  I will, however, explain how the Mental Health Act, a Provincial Statute, allows the police the authority to intervene.

We can determine on our own from conversation and observation that a person may be a danger to themselves or others and if no other statute is applicable to the situation before us, we have the authority to apprehend someone under this act and bring them before a doctor.

A doctor may also complete documents that will authorize the police to apprehend and take them before a doctor. In many instances once a doctor has seen the person and other family members are involved the person may be released. In the more severe instances where immediate care cannot be provided the doctor may order the person to be taken to another facility to be seen by a medical person better trained to provide help.

Assault in Fairmont

At 1:34 a.m. on Nov. 8, Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to a complaint of domestic assault in the 5000 block of Riverview Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs.  Evidence of an assault was visible and as a result a 23-year-old male was arrested at the scene and charged with assault. The male is to appear in Invermere Prov court Jan 14.

Disgruntled ex-employee

At 8:58 p.m. on Nov. 15, detachment members were called to a disturbance at the Subway Restaurant in Radium when an ex employee attended and refused to leave when requested. By the time police attended the person had already departed. No further request was made of the police.

Deer put down after accident

At 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 16, the detachment received a complaint of a truck hitting a deer on Highway 93/95. No damage or injuries were received by the driver of the truck.  The deer, however, was severely injured and had to be destroyed by the attending officer.  A similar accident happened on Nov. 17 at 2247 Hwy. 95 near Prospector Ave in Radium.  No serious damage or injury to the driver in this instance.

Edgewater party toned down

Detachment Members responded to a loud party in the 5000 block of Vermillian Street in Edgewater at 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 17. One male at the house was spoken to by the police who co-operated and had the party tone down.


Possible reporting of fraud. A citizen had called the detachment to advise that she had received a call from someone reporting to be from Air Canada and wishing to confirm a flight to Toronto. The local person  made no reservations.


A reminder. To date we are in the area of $1,600. Still have lots of time to go to this website http://ca.movember.com/mospace/1273892  and make a donation. Help us reach our goal and I am going to color streak some of the hair I have left.  Many thanks to family , friends and members of the community for contributing to our efforts. Not normally pushy when it comes to raising funds but any and all donations to go to cancer research is worth being pushy.  We all know too many family and friends that have fought and lost this battle and some who are continuing to fight.  We will reach our goal.

Always wanting to be of assistance

A seminar that I completed this last week in Chilliwack reminded me of an incident that I should include in my list of police humor.

This last week I was involved in a Human Resources workshop. During this seminar two guest speakers came in to advise us of the process of hiring and choosing public servants.  Many dos and don’ts when it comes to ensuring we meet all the criteria of human rights and all that wonderful stuff.  You want to ensure the person comes with all the proper qualifications, security checks and when receiving multiple applications you want to ensure and care that equal treatment is provided.

Cautioned guard from one’s own personal feelings when selecting the proper qualified person. Many years ago, while stationed in Maple Ridge, a number of us were working when we realized a sergeant in his office was interviewing a young, attractive girl who we learned was a cheerleader for the B.C. Lions. The girl had her back to us while the sergeant was doing the interview. He could plainly see us when he looked up through his large office window.  There were five of us guys with idle hands. Four of the guys were drooling while I, who happened to be happily married (people in Golden tell Bev what I write) thought that maybe down the road we could get cheap tickets for the games. We felt that in this hiring process we should not just stand by but should be of some assistance to the sergeant.

Off we went scampering around the office for the tools we needed and we returned to the sergeant‚Äôs window and held up two large cardboard signs, boldly printed ‚ÄúHIRE HER.‚Ä̬†¬† When the sergeant¬†tried to ignore us and keep a straight face, we bounced around to ensure he got the message. At the appropriate time and without the female noticing, the sergeant¬†appeared to sound off two words. We quickly departed. Our assistance must have inspired him as she was hired.

Above photo: S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal during a special ceremony at St. Eugene Resort Nov. 19. Columbia Valley Detachment Cpl. Grant Simpson also received a medal. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment

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