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Auxiliary constables graduate from program

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Inspector Ray Carfantan congratulates Auxiliary Constable Joanne Nicol during the badge presentation at the RCMP Auxiliary Graduating Class Ceremony at Quw
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Inspector Ray Carfantan congratulates Auxiliary Constable Joanne Nicol during the badge presentation at the RCMP Auxiliary Graduating Class Ceremony at Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre on July 5.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

A class of 14 has been added to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment's auxiliary constable force following graduation ceremonies.

The group recognized during formal proceedings at the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre included 11 North Cowichan/Duncan residents, two from Shawnigan Lake and one from Ladysmith.

They included: Wes Richens, Samuel Workman, Mark Cebula, Joanne Nicol, Abdul-Basit Amadu, Russell Posey, Hayden Coopsie, Tanya Thompson, Gina Boudot, Jaleesa Nardino and Jon Coleman from North Cowichan/Duncan; Raymond Trotter and Kevin Woods from Shawnigan Lake; and Ladysmith's Heather Knott.

"I am very proud of the members of this class,'' noted North Cowichan/Duncan Cpl. Jon Stuart, the lead facilitator. "I know they worked hard and had the support of their friends, families and employers to help them through.

"I am proud to work alongside them in our community.''

Classes began in January and included topics such as law, ethics, dress and deportment, use of force, community policing and officer safety. Practical training, presentations and exams complemented classroom sessions.

This brings the number of auxiliaries at the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment to 19.

"You will see these auxiliary constables patrolling the streets and attending community functions with the regular members of the RCMP in your neighbourhoods,'' noted Stuart.

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