Praise for Alexa’s Team
Prince George, B.C. – 29 members of Alexa’s Team were honoured at Immaculate Conception School in Prince George this morning.
The program recognizes RCMP and Municipal police officers in BC who help reduce the number of drivers affected by alcohol or drugs on the province’s roads and highways.
The team was created in honour of Alexa Middelaer, who was struck and killed by an impaired driver in 2008.
In 2015, Alexa Team members in North District were responsible for taking 617 impaired drivers off the road.
Today six officers were singled out as all-stars: Cst Nicole Campbell (Fort St. John), Cst Aaron Semeniuk (Dawson Creek), Cst Dylan Bergmark (FSJ), Cst Graham McElgunn (FSJ), Cst Gregory Jodoin (FSJ) and Cst Tom Cichon (Fort Nelson).
For the fifth straight year Constable Brian Davis of the Prince George RCMP led the pack with 50 arrests and was once again named Top Cop.
“It’s kind of a sad statement in some ways isn’t it? With all of the media coverage of how unacceptable impaired driving is, to still be getting these kinds of numbers is sad.”
Davis says the tragic death of Alexa has been a great motivator for himself.
“You think of the Middelaer family and a four-year old killed by an impaired driver – that’s heartbreaking on any level. So if you can do something to mitigate that, for sure.”
Alexa’s mother Laurel calls the team’s work “impressive.”
“These people are dedicated to really making a difference and equipped with the IRP’s (Immediate Roadside Prohibitions) they now have a tool where they can really apply a consequence immediately roadside and that’s making a huge difference as evidenced by the 52% reduction (from Oct 2010 to the end of Sept. 2014) in impaired related fatalities.”
Since 2008, the total number of Alexa Team members has grown from 26 to 1,885, and includes officers from all regions of the province.