At the January 15 2018 Regular Council meeting, Sooke Council unanimously gave their support in principle to Friends of Sooke Community Policing and Officer Appreciation, regarding a request to support a statue honouring local RCMP.
Their support came after a presentation (“Delegation”) by Rosanne Day, representing the group.
This private initiative is a self-motivated effort to show give a local and positive shout-out to Sooke RCMP as a way to say “Thank you” for their work. As detailed in the delegation, “the project will be a life-sized bronze statue dedicated to all the working law enforcement officers. This community art project is intended to demonstrate appreciation, support, and a permanent reminder of our gratitude.”
The statue will be called Embrace.
From the Delegation: “It depicts an officer, in their working uniform, embracing a map of the Sooke RCMP district. When doing the research for the statue it seems that people want pictures of being hugged by the police or having it look like they are being taken away by them. The design accommodates for the public to be able to have their picture taken being hugged or standing next to the officer. A separate stone monument will be etched on the front with our sentiments written by The Sooke Writers’ Collective and on the back will acknowledge major donors. The project is easily able to expand for future plaques and dedications the RCMP may want to add. Although intended for every law enforcement officer, everywhere. It will reside in the District of Sooke and Sooke is the community to benefit most for the extra help to Victim Services and Community policing, which is why we would like a special relationship with [the District].”
They hope to have the statue ready and the project completed within one year.
The initiative was born on the heels of recent incident on Wadams Way, where profanities disparaging the local police were spray painted. This sentiment is not reflective of the community at large, and the founding members of the initiative looked for a “bigger and louder” way to express their appreciation for the community and safety services provided by the RCMP.
“This is an avenue for people to permanently show appreciation, support and gratitude and we would welcome anyone who would like to help us to join the Facebook group Officer Appreciation,” clarified Day. “Also, since this is to show them, they are broadly respected, the more people involved the better. We would rather have a lot of small donations than a few large ones.”
Their ultimate purpose is “to honor the working law enforcement officer and support Sooke Victim services and Community policing to fill in gaps not covered by current funding.”
The motion considered by Council read as follows: That Council direct staff to provide options for funding sources and ability to proceed with the request to Council prior to budget deliberations contingent upon additional information on fiscal host, and Revenue Canada information to be provided by the applicant.
The motion carried unanimously.
Also from the January 15 2018 Regular Council Meeting:
- Groundwork being laid for more housing in Sunriver
- Opinion: After a 10 year pay freeze, an increase for municipal politicians is long overdue
- Sooke Council supports private community initiative to appreciate local RCMP
- Habitat for Humanity presents their intent to provide affordable Sooke housing to Council
- Sooke Council orders staff to re-tender the Murray staircase contract