(VIDEO) Class of 2014 celebrated at Langley Secondary School

A celebration for the class of 2014 was held inside the Langley Secondary School gymnasium Saturday morning.

The graduating class was made up of students, all adults, none of whom attend LSS.

These pupils were auxiliary constables, uniformed volunteers with the Langley RCMP.

During a ceremony that was emceed by auxiliary constable program coordinator Jean Galvin, 15 men and women received their badges as auxiliary constables.

The graduating class include Morgan Adams, Amy Armstrong, Shane Beacom, Paula Fisher, Nikolaus Fuess, Derek Hamel, Christopher Hanley, Brandon Kroeker, Lauren Mitchuk, Shaylene Patterson, Katie Powell, Rajveer Sumal, Jason Suttie, Lee Taylor, and Trevor Vandelft.

As auxiliary constables, they’ll be involved in community policing relating to public safety and crime prevention throughout Langley.

Auxiliary constables also ride on patrol with police officers, providing them with an opportunity to gain knowledge in law enforcement.

They have peace officer status when on duty and are under direct supervision of a member of the RCMP.

To become auxiliary constables, the group had to complete roughly 90 hours of classroom training program and 70 hours of training outside a classroom environment.

“You are part of the solution,” Langley RCMP Insp. Murray Power told the auxiliary constables. “You have a significant level of courage; courage to join us in uniform to ensure that the rest of the community can live in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Power told the auxiliary constables that when they are on duty, they represent the RCMP, themselves, and their families

“Once you step out with the uniform on, you must thicken your skin and respect all the people you’ve come in contact with, whether they be good or bad, and remember the most important thing: What will your family think of your actions or your performance if it was published on the front page of a newspaper?” Power said.

For those who don’t want to spend six months in Regina to become paid RCMP officers, Power said, “This will turn out to be a great break from the real world. You get to be on the inside of the yellow tape, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in your community and you’ll get to experience lots of interesting issues.”

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