CPL. ERIN FRASER: Reserve constables staff airport

Meet the men and women of the RCMP reserves who keep our airport safe

Did you know the Victoria International Airport has its own policing contingent? The airport is staffed seven days a week by four RCMP reserve constables who provide immediate on-site response. Each is retired from the force, but has re-joined on contract.

Reserve constable Terry Curry worked for the Edmonton Police Service and Saanich Police Department prior to joining the RCMP in 1979. Curry worked on the Vancouver drug section where he specialized in drug-related investigations. The experiences he gleaned from this specialized unit enabled him to work on joint forces operations and with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU). He retired as a corporal in 2007 and has been with the reserve program since 2009.

Reserve constable Bruce McLellan retired from the force in 2008 after spending 23 years in the police dog section where he trained vigorously. McLellan also worked with the Emergency Response, Tactical and Avalanche Search and Rescue teams. His strong aptitude in this area enabled him to train five dogs over his service. To this day Bruce still instructs dog handlers with the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association.

Reserve constable Kathryn Goodyear joined the RCMP in 1981. She was initially posted to Fort McMurray and Lake Louise, Alta., then travelled to Bosnia in 1991 to work with the United Nations as a peacekeeper. She retired as a corporal from South Island Traffic Services in June 2011.  Goodyear is representing the Sidney North Saanich Detachment in the 2012 Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock team. See her in action at the Sidney summer market Aug. 30 where she will be finishing up a 24 hour ride. If you wish to donate online please visit  www.copsforcancerbc.ca/tourderock/kathryngoodyear.

Cpl. Erin Fraser is a supervisor and the media liaison officer for the Sidney North Saanich RCMP.