Richmond - The Editor, There are some agencies like the Richmond Fire-Rescue and police who usually don't get the credit they deserve. These men and women put their lives at risk in order to keep our communities safe.
Take for example, the Richmond RCMP. This federal law enforcement agency consisting of more than 226 well-trained, competent professionals is a credit to Richmond.
It is one of the most culturally diverse forces in the province. Eighty-five of its officers speak another language in addition to English. As a matter of fact, our local Mounties are well versed in 29 different languages and dialects.
Recently, management of India Cultural Centre of Canada, home of Gurdwara Nanak Niwas invited the local police to a delicious vegetarian lunch.
The main purpose of this meet-and-greet was to thank our officers for the excellent job they have been doing in keeping our community safe. The Gurdwara management was joined by some of its neighbours along the "Highway to Heaven."
On behalf of the Gurdwara management, India Cultural Centre of Canada chairman Asa Joal, president Chain Batth and general secretary Balbir Jawanda welcomed and thanked Superintendent Rennie Nesset and his officers.
The RCMP officers were issued an open invitation to visit the Sikh temple any time and interact with the congregation.
As one of the organizers of the event, I found it a privilege to work with Sgt. Cam Kowalski to co-ordinate this get-together.
These types of initiatives go a long way in enhancing communication and collaboration between the community and those who are charged to keep it safe.
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