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Province honours Richmond RCMP officer

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:21 PST, Fri January 22, 2021

Last Updated: 10:33 PST, Fri January 22, 2021

A Richmond police officer is one of six British Columbians to be recognized by the province with a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award.

Winner of the Youth Leadership Award, RCMP Const. Baljinder Kandola found her passion in crime prevention and community policing early in her 19-year policing career. As co-ordinator of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program for the RCMP within Richmond schools, she has been instrumental in providing youth the tools they need to make healthy choices, including resistance strategies on how to deal with peer pressure and stress in a positive way. Since joining the DARE Society's board of directors in 2016, Kandola has expanded her passion for education beyond schools, developing and implementing DARE initiatives and events within the community.

Recognized via a virtual ceremony, the award winners “demonstrate that we can make a real difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by crime, violence and victimization," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "On behalf of the government, I want to thank each recipient for their dedication and commitment in keeping our communities safe and helping survivors of crime."

The awards acknowledge individuals, non-profit organizations, police and other local partners for their work in advancing crime prevention, restorative justice and other approaches that keep our communities safer. These efforts support provincial initiatives in policing, community safety and victim services.

"Each of the award recipients has shown an outstanding commitment to community, to care and to make our communities safer," added Grace Lore, parliamentary secretary for gender equity.

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