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NPD officers named to Alexa’s Team

During a recent Nelson Police Board meeting, three of the five local members of Nelson Police Department were named to Alexa’s Team. From left, Nelson Police Board Chair and Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Const. Drew Hildred, A/Sgt. Lisa Schmidtke, Const. Lauren Mirva and Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart. — Submitted

As ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) and police begin the Christmas Holiday CounterAttack campaign, again urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely, Alexa’s Team paid tribute to the dedicated RCMP and Municipal police officers with annual awards.

Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes police officers in BC for their outstanding efforts in reducing the number of drivers affected by alcohol or drugs on British Columbia’s roads and highways.

Recently, the Nelson Police Board presented Const. Lauren Mirva, Detective Jason Anstey, Const. Drew Hildred, A/Sgt. Lisa Schmidtke and Const. Alain Therrien with awards for being named on Alexa’s Team.

This is the fifth year in a row that members of the Nelson Police Department have been named on the list.

“Impaired driving is a completely preventable crime, and yet people continue to be killed and injured by it every day,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie.

“By taking impaired drivers off the roads, the outstanding officers who are part of Alexa’s Team are helping to prevent these tragic deaths and injuries, and are making roads and communities safer for everyone.”

The provincial recognition program is named in honour of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver in Delta in 2008.