The Belleville Police Service will be sending six officers to assist with the safety and security at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games. The call for assistance was made known to Police Services across Canada 2 years ago through the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. The members of the Belleville Police Service were canvassed as to who was interested in being seconded to the RCMP at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. More than 20 officers showed interest in this opportunity.
In April 2009, Chief Cory McMullan committed to seconding 6 Belleville Officers to assist with the games. A selection process was commenced. Supervisors of these officers were tasked with reviewing the member's reliability and contributions to the Community and Service. This resulted in the following six members being selected; Cst. Dan Hoxford, Cst. Dave Walsh, Cst. Pat Kellar, Cst. Ron Kanyo and Cst. Terri Smith and Staff Sergeant Marlene Gray.
The Belleville Officers attending have been assigned to six different venues; BC Place, Richmond Oval, Cypress Mountain, Whistler Creekside, Olympic Family Hotel and the Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympics Centre although specific duties have yet to be determined.
The six Belleville officers will be part of the 12,000 Police and Military personnel deployed to the Vancouver Olympics. The Belleville Police Service will be one of the 118 partner agencies across Canada assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The six officers are very proud to have been chosen to represent the Belleville Police Service at the Vancouver Games. It will be a once in a life time/career opportunity to be part of Canadian and Olympic history.