Sergeant Jason Burndred has worked in the police service for 13 years, first in Penticton from April 2003 to September 2011. He worked three years general duty there, then progressed into the drug unit and the General Investigations Section. Later he did a brief stint in Kelowna then was promoted to homicide in Surrey where he spent three and a half years. After he moved to be the detachment commander at Nakusp and New Denver. Now he is working here in Houston as the new sergeant.
Since starting his position in July, Burndred said that the one challenge so far has been meeting everybody in Houston.
“Bringing all the stakeholders together. But that will just take time,” commented Burndred.
“It’s a great community, so far of what I can see, there is a lot of pro-community policing projects that we will be undertaking. In terms of helping more vulnerable people [and] some charitable work as well,” said Burndred.
Constable Ryan Hobbs, Houston’s RCMP representative and organizer for the Tour De North barbeque, recently joined the police service at the end of May and started his first posting here in Houston this past June.
“For challenges it’s hard for me to compare it to anything because it is my first posting,” commented Hobbs.
Hobbs also spoke about the recent events he was able to partake in to meet and build relationships with members of the community. “Being a part of Canada was one of my favourite things.”
Constable Brady Bennett is also a new member to Houston’s RCMP but was unfortunately unable to meet for an interview.