RCMP donate baseball equipment and play ball!
Jackhead First Nation received a generous donation of baseball equipment from local RCMP this past week, helping to build a strong relationship with the community.
A community worker on the Jackhead First Nation who reached out to the RCMP Peguis and Fisher Branch Detachments through Constable Lacey Clarkson got more than she bargained for…Constable Clarkson knew there was a need. Jackhead First Nation is a small community about 100 km north of Fisher Branch with limited resources. When the request was made by Vicki Thomas, she reached out to fellow officers and RCMP staff.
One simple email is now making a big difference.
Donations started pouring in: several sets of bases, helmets, bats, balls, gloves and jerseys were donated. The response was overwhelming.
On August 13th, the equipment was presented to the community by the Fisher Branch and Peguis Detachment members but why stop there – might as well play ball!
RCMP officers participated in the first slow pitch game with the local youth and some adults ranging in ages from 11 to 20-years-old. The game also included the participation of the Jackhead’s Health Centre, Chief and Council, Youth Coordinators and several other community members. The baseball game also drew several spectators. The program is already considered a huge success.
Slow pitch games will continue every Sunday in Jackhead amongst youth, community members and the RCMP.
“Building strong relationships with the community is fundamental to our success,” said Inspector Shahin Mehdizadeh, Officer in Charge of the RCMP East District. “Officers are a part of the communities it’s not just about policing, it’s about strong relationships and this is a prime example where we can have a positive impact on the local youth.”