Mission RCMP Detachment welcomed a new group of volunteers into the Victim Services program on April 17.
A graduation ceremony for the 24 newly qualified volunteers was held at Firehall #1. The class was recognized for its dedication and commitment to the community by the victim services coordinator Gina Albanese, Insp. Ted De Jager; fire chief Dale Unrau and several municipal councillors.
The 24 volunteers completed an eight month intensive training course to achieve this goal. The training program prepared them how to respond in a crisis to 19 different crime types as well as fires and natural disasters.
The day also marked the Provincial National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Both De Jager and Unrau spoke about the value which volunteers provided to the Mission community.
Long-time volunteer Roxanne Jopling-Hill was presented with a 10 year service award for volunteering her time for the last decade to the Mission Detachment.