Vernon Mountie awarded

A veteran Vernon Mountie has been awarded the first Okanagan Division Veterans award, presented by the Okanagan RCMP Veterans Association.

Const. Kerri Parish received the award Jan. 11.

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. 

Const. Kerri Parish started her career in general duty policing in Surrey in 2007. Parish was transferred to Vernon in 2010 and is currently posted to the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP "Down Town Enforcement Unit". 

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. 

"Const. Parish is often sought out by her peers and senior management for her input and knowledge with respect to community-based issues," stated Const. Kelly Brett. "Her commitment to her detachment, her peers and communities both where she works and lives, is unwavering."

The 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. 

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