(Photo: Left to Right: South East District Staff Sergeant Major Robert Daly, Retired Inspector Allan Speevak of the Okanagan Veterans Association, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Constable Kerri Parish and Superintendent Jim McNamara).
An RCMP Constable who has worked in Vernon since 2010 is being honoured by the Okanagan Division of the RCMP Veterans Association with the 2017 RCMP Veterans award.
Constable Kerri Parish has been a Mountie since 2007 with her first posting in Surrey.
She is currently posted to the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP “Down Town Enforcement Unit”.
The award is presented to a serving Member of the RCMP who best represents the Mission, Vision and Values of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Constable Parish is described as a highly-motivated and dedicated police officer whose commitment to duty and to the communities she serves is exceptional.
The Veterans award was established to recognize a member who reflects the ideals of policing in the current architecture of the Force which includes; promoting safe communities, progressive service delivery, law enforcement, community engagement and other policing initiatives.
A Member who also provides a high quality of service to the community they serve, displays strong leadership skills and displays the Core Values of the RCMP.
The RCMP say Constable Parish engages her community through multiple inter agency committees she participates on.
She has developed strong working relationships with all levels of local community groups, business groups and partner agencies.
Her proactive approach has afforded her a sound working knowledge of the problem offenders, social chronic offenders and at risk persons who reside in the community.
Constable Parish is often sought out by her peers and senior management for her input and knowledge with respect to community based issues.
Her commitment to her detachment, her peers and communities both where she works and lives, is unwavering.
You can often find Cst. Parish volunteering her time managing her local neighbourhood association, performing Red Serge duties at local events or walking with community groups in support of their efforts to raise awareness of those less fortunate.
Constable Parish strives to make the communities she serves a better place, is always willing to contribute and does so with outstanding professionalism.