Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

(up to March 12, 2005)

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week it?s been here in the Ridge. I just came back from Edmonton where I attended Cst. Peter Schieman?s funeral and the National Memorial Service. Of the four officers that were slain, I helped train three of them. I knew Peter, Tony and Leo. I now know their families. The Butter Dome was a truly amazing experience. A sea of scarlet and blue, all standing shoulder to shoulder. What really struck me was how silent it was. Ten thousand officers, and you could have heard a pin drop. And you should have heard the message that was spoken by the silence, it was deafening. When I came back to Tumbler, I was truly touched by the support from the community. The flowers on the flagpole were a fitting response. The generosity shown to the detachment was appreciated. The spoken words of support were received with a grateful heart. The cards and letters will be tucked away, and re-read in the future when the going gets tough. When the fabric of Canadian society gets torn apart, it is through gentle actions that the mending can begin. From the officers and staff here at the Detachment, Thank you.

Out of respect for the officers, I will refrain from joking around for this edition of the blotter. Then next week, out of respect for the officers, I will continue on in the tradition of the Force and return to full duty. The Blotter, with all of its jabs and jokes will be back.

I just want to remind you of a ?Town Hall? style meeting that will be hosted on Wednesday March 16, 2005 at 7 p.m. in room 4 at the Community Centre. All of the officers from Tumbler Ridge Detachment will be there. Stop by, put a face to a name, and let?s work together to make Tumbler a great place to live.

We?ll talk again next week, the good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches,

Cpl. Kurt Peats