Local officer living National Peacekeeper’s Day
Corporal Mitch Mercier of Cranbrook RCMP Detachment is currently deployed in the Ukraine in support of International Peace Operations.
“We are all very proud of Mitch and what he is contributing to this International Peace Operation in the Ukraine. He will be returning soon and we look forward to hearing about his experience,” said S/Sgt. Hector Lee, Cranbrook RCMP Detachment commander.
Serving on a mission is a unique opportunity for police officers to contribute to public safety in unstable countries. It also allows them to improve their leadership, and problem-solving and intercultural skills. This benefits their police services and the communities they serve at home, S/Sgt. Lee noted.
Canada has deployed police officers to peace missions around the world since 1989.
Almost 4,000 Canadian police officers have been to over 33 countries, including Sudan, Kosovo, West Bank, Haiti and Afghanistan.
“They help rebuild or strengthen police services in countries experiencing conflict or upheaval. Through police participation in these missions, Canada commits to building a more secure world,” Lee said.