Cpl. Kurt Neuman and other officers rose to applaud the volunteers at the banquet. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Langley Mounties celebrate civilian volunteers

RCMP officers applauded the volunteers who make their jobs easier.

Langley RCMP officers in red serge gave a standing ovation Thursday night to the civilian volunteers who aid them daily.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at the Langley Golf Centre saw senior officers and both Langley City and Township mayors offer words of praise to the volunteers.

“You don’t do it for accolades,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese. “You do it because you love your community and you want to give back.”

Froese, a former Vancouver Police officer, looked back fondly on his own days as a volunteer auxiliary officer with the Langley RCMP.

He and City Mayor Ted Schaffer mentioned the many ways civilians help out with their own time – Block Watch captains, the Speed Watch program, Citizen’s Patrol, the Victim Services group that helps people in the aftermath of a crime, and staffing the Community Police Offices around the community.

“It’s to celebrate outstanding individuals,” said Schaffer.

Supt. Murray Power noted that he recently met with ICBC officials, who sang the praises of Langley’s volunteers and their efforts to improve road safety.

“You are rock stars,” Power said.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was Cpl. Craig Van Herk, who noted that it was an election year for the politicians in attendance.

“When you volunteer, you actually get to vote every single day about the kind of community you want to live in,” he said.

Dozens of volunteers attended the banquet, from young people to seniors, and including one non-human attendee – the Victim Services group’s trauma dog.

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