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Vanderhoof RCMP hosts successful open house event for Police Week celebration

The Vanderhoof RCMP opened its doors to the public to celebrate Police Week at its detachment on Columbia St. W, yesterday (May 15).

The event took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and was an opportunity for the community to engage with local officers.

Vanderhoof Detachment Commander Staff Sgt. Kevin Day said the annual open house, in recognition of national Police Week, went “very well.”

“There were in excess of 400 students who attended as well as many citizens from the Vanderhoof and surrounding communities,” Day said.

Students and community members who attended were provided tours of the detachment, shown police vehicles, and offered photo opportunities with officers in red serge.

RCMP Forensic Unit personnel were present, fingerprinting students and answering questions in relation to forensic investigative techniques.

RCMP dispatchers and Crime Watch Volunteers were also on hand answering questions about recruitment and what their activities/jobs entail.

Also present were members of the Vanderhoof Fire Department, the BC Conservation Service, the BC Emergency Health Services (EHS), and the Nechako Valley Search and Rescue providing information and tours of their vehicles, equipment, and responding to questions from students and other attendees.

The Four Rivers Co-op was on location barbecuing burgers and hotdogs, the Bakkerij Lobelle provided doughnuts, and the Vanderhoof Time Hortons provided hot chocolate and Timbits.

“There were countless positive interactions with students and members of the communities we serve,” Day added, while thanking everyone who came out to make the day special.

“The Vanderhoof RCMP would also like to extend a thank you to our partner agencies and businesses who took part and helped to make the day a success,” Day added.

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