Ex-of­fi­cer dis­ap­pointed by visit to po­lice me­mo­rial

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

My wife and I vis­ited Ot­tawa re­cently and planned on at­tend­ing the Po­lice and Peace Of­fi­cers Me­mo­rial on Par­lia­ment Hill as we al­ways do when in the cap­i­tal. Due to the con­struc­tion on the grounds, I ap­proached an RCMP ve­hi­cle with two of­fi­cers to ask the best route to the me­mo­rial.

The of­fi­cers did not seem to know to what I was re­fer­ring, de­spite my at­tempts to in­form them. As a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer, I was shocked at their in­dif­fer­ence and ig­no­rance about the lo­ca­tion that hon­ours their com­rades who have given their lives in the line of duty.

These of­fi­cers are mem­bers of a renowned and rec­og­nized po­lice ser­vice. De­spite their guard du­ties, they are our am­bas­sadors, rep­re­sent­ing Canada to in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

We did make our way to the me­mo­rial, then found the honour roll scrolls had been re­moved. There was noth­ing at the site to in­di­cate where they had been moved to, or in­di­cate why they were re­moved. There were no in­for­ma­tive signs that would as­sist or re­di­rect mem­bers of the pub­lic to the new lo­ca­tion. (I learned through Google that they have been tem­po­rar­ily moved near the East Block.)

This truly was a dis­ap­point­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The women and men who have sac­ri­ficed their lives for the safety and se­cu­rity of our coun­try de­serve more. Gary Crow­ell, Burling­ton


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