|RCMP connecting with community through sport|
|Local Content - Sports|
|Written by production|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:47|
The Taber/Vauxhall RCMP detachment got a chance to show their community that they do more than just police. On July 14, 2012 they got a chance to interact with local residents in a slo-pitch game at Vauxhall Jets Stadium.
Members from Taber/Vauxhall RCMP, Picture Butte RCMP and their families came out to play against a local Vauxhall youth team.
While on patrol in Vauxhall, Alberta, in late June, Cst. Mike Homeniuk spoke with Heinrich Zacharias about finding a way for the local police to give back to the community and interact with its residents.
The discussion led to the slow pitch challenge being issued. Zacharias was certain his team would easily beat the RCMP team.
A small group of locals came out to cheer both teams on. In the end, the RCMP team was victorious. However, by the time the dust had settled the score didn’t matter. All the players shook hands and gathered for a photo opportunity bringing three-weeks of hype, and friendly banter to an end.
“Being proactive, being involved and building relationships in the communities is something that makes us feel good as police officers and as people. Our goal is to show everyone that the members of your local RCMP Detachment join the force to not only police, but to also become role models and valued members of the community,” stated Cst. Homeniuk.
No date has been set for a rematch. However based on the discussions following the game one will surely be coming.