RCMP "E" Division Communications

March 17, 2005 16:01 ET

An open letter to the people of British Columbia

Support for the RCMP over the 4 Member Deaths in Alberta Attention: News Editor VANCOUVER, B.C.--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - On behalf of the men and women of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the residents of British Columbia who offered their heartfelt support and condolences following the tragic murders of our four RCMP members in Alberta.

In every corner of the province, at every RCMP detachment, people came forward in their own personal way, to help us in our time of grief. From the laying of flowers at the Fallen Members' Memorial located at our Headquarters in Vancouver, to the volunteer high school students helping with local ceremonies, to the many cards and other expressions of sympathy delivered to detachments, to the simple but sincere smile or encouraging comments passed between members of the public and our police officers, the people of British Columbia have shared in the grieving process, and helped us to renew our strength.

Grief is not something we move beyond - it is something we move with … the impact and the memories forever changing how we view the world, and each other. As members of the Force, we will continue to fulfill our duty to those we serve, in many cases placing ourselves in harms' way to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I want to thank everyone for standing with us.

Bev Busson
Deputy Commissioner Pacific Region, and
Commanding Officer, "E" Division
Royal Canadian Mounted Police


Contact Information

  • Sgt. John Ward, NCO i/c "E" Division Media/Communications
    Primary Phone: 604-264-2929