There was a show of respect for the RCMP and the communities the members serve at a special program Saturday night in Killarney.

The Turtle Mountain Detachment hosted a Regimental Ball. The event is a formal affair that includes a lot of ceremonial activities. There was a toast to the force and also a ceremony to the fallen comrades.

About 270 people attended the RCMP Regimental Ball in the Shamrock Centre. Volunteers and staff from the Turtle Mountain Detachment area helped organize the ball.

Sgt. Jarrid St. Pierre is head of the Turtle Mountain Detachment and he was emcee for the evening which included socializing, a meal, fund raising and entertainment. “We are very pleased with the support we received from the community and all the sponsors who contributed to this great night. All the money raised will be going back to a variety of community projects

The regimental ball is a rare occurrence in the Westman region. There was one in Virden a few years ago and one in Minnedosa about 10 years ago.

The RCMP’s assistant commissioner Scott Kolody made the trip out from Winnipeg to bring greetings and talk about the importance of policing and being part of the community. He touched on how things have evolved and at the end of the day the RCMP is still there to serve and protect.

“This was definitely a public relations event but it’s more of an appreciation for the public and the support we have from the public in the eight communities we serve and we wanted to host this to show how grateful we are for the support we do get from these communities” said St. Pierre.

Thousands of dollars were raised through a rainbow and silent auction. That money will be used to support projects in the detachment area.


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