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Officer Acknowledged for his Bravery

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Incident: On April 05, 2010, at 10:35 pm the Delta Police responded to the 1500 blk of 56th St. in relation to a report of two suspicious persons wearing masks and walking toward a local convenience store.  Cst. Kevin Dueck arrived on scene first and observed two men wearing masks approaching the store. One of them was carrying a shotgun. With his weapon drawn, Cst. Dueck confronted the men, ordering them to surrender. The man with the shotgun fled on foot while the second man submitted to Dueck’s demands. Other officers converged on the scene and within minutes the second man was located, with the assistance of K9 and calls from the public, and arrested without incident.

Arrested and Charged: Two young Delta men, both 18 years of age, Brian McCarthy and Richard Jolly were both charged with robbery, use of an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence, and disguise face with intent to commit an offence.

The apprehension of McCarthy and Jolly, prior to committing their planned robbery, which would have exposed innocent people to a very high level of danger, was a direct result of observant citizens reporting what they believed to be suspicious activity and the bravery of a single officer responding to a potentially life threatening situation.

Recognition: Cst. Dueck recently received a provincial Award of Valour for his courage. This award is presented to police officers who purposely take action for the benefit to others while knowing that, in doing so, they place themselves at substantial risk of death or serious injury.

Outcome: On February 1st, Brain McCarthy pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was sentenced to 12 months. On March 18th, Richard Jolly pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery. His sentencing hearing is pending.
“The public are the eyes and the ears of the police,” Chief Cessford states as a reminder. “The potential for a high level of violence causing serious injury or loss of life was circumvented by alert members of the public who not only recognized that something was wrong but took action by notifying their police force. Cst. Dueck reacted very bravely and professionally, but no less so than I expect most of our officers would have responded. That is not to undermine the importance of his actions but to reflect the confidence I have in the officers of the Delta Police Department. Working together, the public and the police make Delta a safe community.”


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