The Ridge Meadows RCMP will be starting a new series of profiles, starting with a rookie officer. (Facebook/Special to The News)

The Ridge Meadows RCMP will be starting a new series of profiles, starting with a rookie officer. (Facebook/Special to The News)

Ridge Meadows RCMP start new PR initiative

Series will offer ‘human side’ of policing, insights, and information

The Ridge Meadows RCMP will be offering the public a closer and more personal look inside their organization.

The Maple Ridge based detachment is launching a new public relations initiative called Profiles. It will be a series of feature articles which will highlight the work police perform and the different people and units which make up the local police detachment.

In September of last year, Cpl. Julie Klaussner the media relations officer, penned a first-person account of her experience after being deployed to assist with the BC fires plaguing the province. The public reaction to the article inspired a recognition that the citizens of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are curious about the roles and duties their police officers perform, said a press release from the detachment. In response, the detachment was motivated to come up with a creative way to showcase what certain departments and units do.

“Everyone understands that police are focused on public safety but, how do our different police units actually work? What are their responsibilities? What does it mean when we share an integrated district unit? These are the kind of questions which I believe our citizens are curious about,” said Supt. Wendy Mehat.

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“And, we’d like to highlight the human side of our officers too. Providing these first-person perspectives should make for interesting reading. Ultimately, we want to provide our citizens with some insight as to the hows and whys of the work we perform.”

The Profiles articles will be a six-part series published throughout the year starting this week with an article written by Constable Craig Andrews titled “Being the New Guy,” which will highlight what it’s like to be a rookie constable, fresh out of depot training.

The series will be made available through the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s website and shared on their social media channels.

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