Locals have showered Westman RCMP with support following the shooting of three of their colleagues in New Brunswick last week.
And that kindness has been noticed.
“We appreciate it and we just wanted to say thank you,” Carberry RCMP Cpl. Jarrid St-Pierre said.
A regimental funeral was held in Moncton, N.B., on Tuesday for three Mounties killed in a shooting rampage in that city on June 4.
St-Pierre said that since the shootings, bouquets have been left at RCMP detachments at Brandon, Souris and Killarney.
Officers also received phone calls, emails and text messages offering condolence, and thanks for the job police do daily.
The tragedy has resonated with citizens policed by smaller detachments, St-Pierre said.
“A lot of the public know their Mounties because they live and play and work in the community,” St-Pierre said. “It’s been really touching for a lot of us and we appreciate the acknowledgement, and the sacrifice that these members made is something that crosses our mind daily.”
The mood has been solemn in Westman RCMP detachments since the shootings.
St-Pierre said the messages of support have eased the feelings of sadness, and of anger at the senselessness of the shootings.
He said the support is a nice reminder that people care, despite the negativity officers face daily in dealing with tough situations, and at times, difficult people.
“Sometimes you forget that the majority of the public supports you,” St-Pierre said.
Killarney RCMP Const. Chris O’Dell said flowers and notes were left at the Killarney and Deloraine detachments, too. Citizens have also phoned in and walked up to offer officers handshakes.
“One of them even said that it’s unfortunate that it takes an incident like this to bring it about, but we certainly appreciate what you folks are doing,” O’Dell said.
The expression of gratitude hasn’t stopped with the RCMP.
Brandon Police Service officers were given cookies, treats and cards. Officers were approached in the street by citizens who thanked them for the job they do.
“Those comments are always appreciated,” BPS Sgt. Dallas Lockhart said.
While tragic, Lockhart said events like these show the dedication that officers have to their job.
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