With the 2010 Winter Olympics in full swing, thousands of police officers and other public service personnel from all Canada are deployed in Vancouver, British Columbia, to help keep peace and order in the region. Const. Rhonda Grant, from Gananoque’s Police Service, together with Sgt. Junior White and Constables Peter Lorenz and Mike Driscol are currently pitching in on the effort as well. All four Gananoque police officers are now in Vancouver working together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Const. Grant is presently part of one of the event’s surveillance teams and is paired with another police officer from British Columbia. She commented that working behind the scenes in one of the year’s biggest sporting events has exceeded her expectations. A lot more work needs to be done but things are pretty relaxed, she added.
The Gananoque Police Service held a lottery last year for those interested to work in Vancouver during the Olympics. Three constables were chosen in June, with Sgt. White assigned to be their supervisor. Late last year, the officers got their first instructions from the Integrated Security Unit (ISU) regarding deployment dates and assignments.
Gananoque’s police officers will be working in their own uniforms and carrying their own equipment.