Terrace RCMP officers name to Alexa’s Team

Honour given for outstanding efforts in removing impaired drivers from the road

From left, Cpl. Lee Simpkins and Csts. Nicholas Evelyn, Derek Nicolai, and Jeff Campbell were recognized for their efforts in removing impaired drivers from the roadway. Absent was Cst. Peter Zacher, also posted out of the Terrace office.

Two Terrace general duty police officers joined a team mostly reserved for traffic members: Alexa’s Team. It’s considered a rare accomplishment for general duty officers to join the team, an accomplishment normally reserved for officers in traffic services.

Terrace Constables Nicholas Evelyn and Jeff Campbell were among 34 North District recipients recognized in Prince George May 16, for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments in removing impaired drivers from the roadway.

Three Terrace West Pacific Region Traffic Services members were also named to the team, two of whom received All-Star status: Csts. Derek Nicolai, Peter Zacher, and Cpl. Lee Simpkins.

To be nominated for Alexa’s Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol from the road in the previous calendar year through a Criminal Code investigation or the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) administrative process, in addition to issuing Administrative Driving Prohibitions, IRP Fails, and IRP Refusals. All-Star Status is received for removing 25 or more.

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Removing at least 12 impaired drivers from the roadway is not an easy task even for a traffic member, said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson. “To make it onto Alexa’s Team while still responding to radio calls, and doing all the other work that comes with being a general duty constable, is especially impressive. We’re very proud of these two members for accomplishing this great achievement.”

Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes RCMP and municipal police officers from around BC who demonstrate a real commitment to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads of this province.

The team was named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer who was killed by an impaired driver as she was standing at the roadside feeding a horse in May 2008. Her parents chose to channel their grief into reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads and highways.


 


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