Those in attendance at Salmon Arm’s Remembrance Day ceremony saw plenty of poppies and a number of RCMP members in red serge, but also something more unusual.
In addition to those in police dress uniform, the crowd was patrolled by RCMP members carrying carbines.
“Locally, there was no specific threat to Salmon Arm but we take our responsibility to provide security to our community very seriously,” says Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West.
West says the use of carbines is part of a force-wide shift in the choice of weapons RCMP officers use on a regular basis.
“Ceremonial presence aside, we did have additional resources in place to ensure participant and public safety. As part of our due diligence we, along with our law enforcement partners, are continually assessing potential threats and adjusting our security needs accordingly. Thus, our officers have the option to wear all of their use-of-force options, including the carbine.”
West says there were no security issues at the Salmon Arm Cenotaph.
“I am glad that the weather cooperated allowing for a beautiful service. It was great to see the public support for our veterans past and present at the Remembrance Day Service.”