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PHOTOS: North Okanagan RCMP combine pleasure with work at IPE

Trio of constables engage in lumberjack and midway events while mingling around the grounds

Sawing logs. Shooting hoops. Maybe they snuck in a horse blanket.

Who says police officers can’t have fun on their jobs?

The community of Armstrong had a strong representation from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP detachment during the recent Interior Provincial Exhibition Aug. 30-Sept. 3.

Constables Chelsey Valotaire, Amanda Taylor and Donovan Warnes participated in various activities, strengthening the bond between their community and the local RCMP.

“These moments where our officers can engage directly with the community are invaluable,” said Cpl. James Grandy, spokesperson for the Southeast District RCMP. “It’s about building trust, and fostering a sense of camaraderie with the residents we serve.”

Valotaire and Taylor showcased their equestrian skills by riding horses, capturing the attention of many attendees.

“Their display served as a reminder of the RCMP’s historical connection with horseback riding, a tradition that’s been a significant part of the RCMP heritage,” said Grandy.

The duo also took part in a lumberjack sawing competition.

Meanwhile, Warnes took a break from his regular duties to shoot some hoops at a midway basketball game.

“His participation added a touch of fun and light-heartedness to the event, emphasizing the human side of our officers,” said Grandy.

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