RCMP prepare to cram cruisers with Terrace generosity

Terrace RCMP will be lighting up local grocery stores next weekend in hopes of reducing holiday hunger.

Saturday Dec. 7, 2019 marks the 9th Annual Cram a Cruiser event, a tradition that sees Terrace RCMP staff, officers, Auxiliary members, and volunteers fill up police vehicles with food and monetary donations.From 11 to 2 p.m., police vehicles will be parked in front of Save On Foods, Safeway, and Real Canadian Wholesale to collect and transport donations to Terrace Churches Food Bank and the Salvation Army in preparation for the holidays.

“This is one of our favourite events of the year”, said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael ROBINSON. “So often we find ourselves responding to issues and challenges as they arise. This event provides us all with an opportunity to be proactive and work with the community we’re part of in a positive manner. It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

Last year’s event saw the people of Terrace donate an estimated 5,000 to 5,500 pounds of food and just more than $2,000 in cash and gift cards.

“There are a lot of people who don’t talk about their struggles”, said Constable Crystal EVELYN, Community Liaison and Media Relations Officer for the Terrace RCMP. “It could be your neighbour, it could be a family member, it could be someone you pass by and smile at every day without realizing the financial hardships they may be facing. By coming together as a community during events like this, we’re helping provide a warmth and kindness to those giving and to those receiving.”

To donate to Cram a Cruiser attend any of the grocery stores listed above between 11-2 p.m. next Saturday with food, cash, or gift cards, and look for the police vehicles, members, and volunteers.

TERRACE MOUNTIES RECOGNIZED FOR HARD WORK

A Mountie always gets their man – the spirit behind that statement certainly holds true for a couple of police officers recently recognized for their commitment to Terrace.

In two weeks’ time, two RCMP members were awarded for their hard work and dedication while posted in Terrace BC.

On Nov. 21, 2019 Corporal Douglas MacFARLAND was recognized with an Award of Valour during the 38th annual Police Honours Night.

Just days prior, Constable Angela RABUT received the 2019 Indigenous Policing Award for E Division (BC) North District First Nation’s Policing.

“The Terrace RCMP is extremely proud and pleased to see this well-deserved recognition awarded to these two members” said Terrace Staff Sergeant Michael ROBINSON. “While Cpl. MacFARLAND has since moved on from Terrace, we’re fortunate to still feel the benefits and impact of the work he put forth during his time here.”

Cpl. MacFARLAND now posted in Newfoundland, was recognized for his exceptional dedication and commitment to conclude a lengthy and complex child pornography investigation. The investigation uncovered more than 100 victims in numerous communities and resulted in the execution of dozens of production orders, warrants, and charges. As the matter is still before the courts, details of the investigation cannot be discussed at length.

“As for Cst. RABUT, she has been a fixture in the community for more than 10 years” said Stf. Sgt. ROBINSON. “This is not the first award she has received during her time here and it serves as a testament to her hard work and unwavering commitment to the people of Terrace.”

“Policing is a tough job that officers accept and do daily without the expectation of awards” added Stf. Sgt. ROBINSON.

“Not only is recognition not expected by the officers who show up to work every day, it’s the contrary that’s more commonly received” he said. “In my 23 years of policing, I’ve seen how easy it is for us to receive criticisms; that’s the stuff that often gets back to our front line workers, but it’s also what makes this type of positive recognition that much more meaningful.”

Police look for witnesses in 15 Nov 2019 Friday assault

The Terrace RCMP are turning to the public for assistance after a man was sprayed with an unknown substance last Friday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., police were notified of an assault with a weapon file involving a man who had been walking on Sparks Street near Davis Avenue when he was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance. The victim reported two men approached him, one asked for the time, then proceeded to spray him in the face. He heard a woman’s voice before they ran away.

The men were described as First Nations and in their 20s. One had a small beard, the other was wearing a hoodie.The victim was treated for his injuries at the hospital and later released.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything or know anything about this incident to please contact 250-638-7429 and reference file number 2019-12513.

Thornhill death of 10 Nov 2019 deemed not suspicious

File # 2019-12330

The recent death of a Kamloops man in Thornhill has been declared as non-suspicious.

On Nov. 10, 2019 around 5 a.m., police were dispatched to a report of a man in the roadway on Thornhill Frontage Road parallel to Hwy 16. Officers attended and located an unresponsive man who was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Blaine FRISK of Kamloops BC was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Based on post-mortem testing results, combined with a thorough police investigation, Frisk’s death has been deemed non-suspicious. The BC Coroners Service will continue its work on determining the cause of death.

The Terrace RCMP would like to thank the public for its assistance in this investigation.

November 18th marks one year since Cameron Kerr killed in hit and run

File # 2018-11029

On November 18, 2018, 30 year-old Cameron Kerr of Terrace, BC was walking home along Highway 16 west of Terrace when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. (Link to original media release).

Cameron Kerr

Since that time, investigators have received a significant number of tips from the public and have gathered valuable evidence. Investigators believe that there are a number of witnesses in this matter that have information which, if provided to police, will assist the investigation. It should be noted that some witnesses and persons of interest previously identified in this matter are not from Terrace or the Northern BC area and, in fact, reside in the Lower Mainland of BC.

This tragic incident continues to affect the community of Terrace and the Kerr family. The RCMP are committed to solving this case and will utilize all legal means necessary to bring those responsible for this crime to justice for the sake of our community and the Kerr family.

To those responsible and to those who have knowledge of this tragic event – and you know who you are – we encourage you to come forward with your information and take responsibility for your actions, says Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin of West Pacific Region Traffic Services. Cameron Kerr deserves as much. Ask yourself if you would want justice done if it was your friend or family member killed in similar circumstances.

Anyone with information regarding this fatal hit and run collision can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or West Pacific Region Traffic Services at 250-638-7400.

(See below for full text of Sgt. McLaughlin’s statement made at a press conference in Terrace November 15th, 2019).


Prepared Statement to Media
RE: Cameron Kerr hit & run fatality
November 18, 2018
Terrace, BC

I am Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin, Unit Commander for West Pacific Region Traffic Services. November 18th, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the Hit and Run collision that resulted in the death of 30 year-old Cameron Kerr, a well-known and respected member of the Terrace community. The incident occurred on Highway 16 near New Remo located west of Terrace, BC.

Over the past year, various sections of the BC RCMP have been thoroughly investigating this criminal act. Early on in the investigation, we asked the public to come forward with information pertaining to the collision. As a result, we received a significant number of tips and have gathered valuable evidence. This information leads us to believe that there are a number of witnesses in this matter that have information which, if provided to police, will assist the investigation. It should be noted that some witnesses and persons of interest that have been identified in this matter are not from Terrace or the Northern BC area and, in fact, reside in the Lower Mainland of BC.

As you have seen from public statements made by the Kerr family, this matter continues to deeply affect their family and I can personally attest to how it has affected our community as a whole.

The RCMP are committed to solving this case and will utilize all legal means necessary to bring those responsible for this crime to justice for the sake of our community and the Kerr family.

To those responsible and to those who have knowledge of this tragic event – and you know who you are – we encourage you to come forward with your information and take responsibility for your actions – Cameron Kerr deserves as much. Ask yourself if you would want justice done if it was your friend or family member killed in similar circumstances.